Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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Three Act Structure–An Overview

The three act structure is arguably the oldest around, if you accept that it began with Aristotle’s assertions that stories must have a beginning, middle, and end. But while this is a decent start, it’s not particularly useful for storytellers.

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Twitter Encounter with Robin Hobb

As far as I’m concerned, this story made opening my Twitter account worthwhile all by itself. When I started following people on Twitter, I looked up some of my favorite authors to see if they had accounts, and I was

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Story Structure–Important for Both Plotters and Discovery Writers

Story structure is incredibly important to your writing. It’s the skeleton on which you hang your entire tale. No matter how lovely your prose, if you aren’t telling a solid tale underneath, most readers will be unhappy with it. They

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Editor’s List of Common Mistakes

I found these tips here at AbsoluteWrite, an online writing group that was a great help to me in dealing with the horrible helpless feeling over having no idea how to edit my books. This list was the very first

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