Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Was I Thinking? Maybe I Should Quit Writing

Let’s face it–we all have them. Days where nothing goes right. Nobody enjoys them, but if you’re a writer, you’re particularly vulnerable to them. Writers need critiques to write their best. Sometimes, everyone needs some outside eyes on their work.

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Author Interview with Katharine Tree

Katharine Tree is the author of the Settlement series: The Thin Line, Dark and Deep, Promises to Keep, and Before I Sleep, as well as her latest book, The Bear’s Wife. Katharine’s stories combine elements of romance, adventure, folklore, homesteading, survivalism and going

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Three Act Structure–Epilogue

I hope the preceding posts were helpful in understanding the three act structure. And because you’ve hung with me this long, dear readers (I’ve always wanted to say that), I have some useful links for you. I would like to

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It’s Time to Get Rid of Hate Crimes and Their Symbols

Churches should not burn. And a determined teacher should not be arrested for removing a symbol of racism. This week, six mostly black congregations have seen their church homes go up in flames, at least three of them as a

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Three Act Structure–Third Act

Act three is where your protagonist either succeeds or fails utterly. It should comprise around the last 25% of your book. Right after the second plot point, the dark night of the soul, your protagonist has to devise a new

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Three Act Structure–Act Two

Act two is the middle of your story–the largest part, at least 50%. The best description of the second act I’ve ever heard came from one of Brandon Sanderson’s teaching videos on YouTube, which I highly recommend. He said that

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Three Act Structure–Act One: The Point of No Return

You’ve written your hook, messed up your character’s life with the inciting incident, and now it’s time to finish act one. Your character must initially come to grips with this thing that’s happened to them. In National Treasure, Ben Gates

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Three Act Structure–Act One: Inciting Incident

So, you’ve got your story idea, and it’s a good one. Now you want to write it up and do it justice. Being smart, you’re going to learn about story structure first, so you don’t write 80,000 words and then

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The Hook

No matter what story structure you use, or even if you don’t consciously use story structure at all, every writer should have an understanding of the hook. It is, of course, so named because you want to hook readers at

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Watch Out for Homophones

Misspellings in general are always to be avoided, but homophones (aka homonyms) are particularly tricky, because Word and other word processing programs won’t catch them. You’ve used a correct English word—it’s just that you’ve used the wrong one. 1)There—they’re—their There

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