Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 9: Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 9: Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel   If the first part of your sequel*—the reaction—appeals to your readers’ emotions, the second part is all about the intellect. Once your character’s first-blush emotional response to the previous scene’s disaster has passed, he will have to get down to the all-important business of thinking about … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 9: Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene

   by K.M. WEILAND |  Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene The disaster is the payoff at the end of the scene.* This is what readers have been waiting for—often, with a delicious sense of dread. This is the answer, at least partially, to that all-important question, “What’s gonna happen?” The … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 3: Options for Goals in a Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 3: Options for Goals in a Scene The story as a whole and every scene* within it begins with a goal. Your character wants something—something he will have difficulty accomplishing. What he wants frames the plot on both the macro and micro levels. What he wants defines him as a person, … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 3: Options for Goals in a Scene

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”   Have you ever read a book for a second, third, even tenth time—just to experience the emotion the story evokes? Clearly the elements of the story aren’t a surprise. You know exactly what to expect. If so, you were benefiting from an author who knew how to … More How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme

5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme   Choosing a protagonist is often more of an event than a process. Writers sometimes feel more like the protagonist chooses them than the other way around. While most of us heed our first instinct to simply chase after this character to see where … More 5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme

6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals Quick. Tell me what your characters want. Maybe you have an immediate answer. Maybe your protagonist wants to save the world, survive, or live happily ever after. While those are all legit goals that have powered hundreds of good stories, what I’m talking about is what your characters want. … More 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest The English language is tricky. Words can sound the same but have very different meanings. This makes mastering grammatical rules difficult. One set of confusing words are peek, peak, and pique. All three words share the same pronunciation, pēk, but have unique definitions and usage. Peek Peek in … More Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them?

Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them? In the old days of creating content, the guidelines were all about your business. Tell potential customers about your service or product, explain your business’s story on an About Us page, and toot your own horn. Search queries on the internet were based on keywords … More Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them?