Category Archives: Editing

Editing for Romance Writers: How to Map Out the Relationship Arc

I’m guest-blogging today at Fiction Blueprints about editing for romance writers, demonstrating a technique for mapping out the relationship arc:

http://tinyurl.com/mtp5ul2

This is a quick-and-dirty way to figure out if there’s enough variation in your character’s relationship as it develops and to identify sections of story where it feels like the arc isn’t progressing.

Hint:  you don’t have to wait for edits to do this, either. You can use it on your plot outline to test the romance arc before you write the story.

See you there!

Editing for Story, Part 3: Scenes

Welcome to the third video in the Editing for Story series!

Today we’re talking about questions to help you evaluate the content of your scenes and look for overall patterns as you create your revision list.

The Editing for Story videos are a companion to the Editing for Story ebook–don’t forget to download your free PDF after you watch the video.

Editing for Story, Episode 2: Non-Traditional Plot Structure

Welcome to episode two of Editing for Story!

Today we’re talking about how to analyze the structure of a story or novel that doesn’t fit into one of the traditional plot structures, or where the structure is so complex that traditional structure is difficult to identify.

This method is a little bit outside the bounds of the advice you’ve probably already heard about editing a rough draft, but it gives you a clear picture of how conflict and stakes are generating organic “plot points” in your story.

Next episode:  how to make sure your story’s scenes stand up to scrutiny!

Editing for Story, Episode 1: Plot Structure

In honor of those who’ve finished NaNoWriMo and will be editing their new baby later this month or next year, we’ll be talking about the editing process for fiction.

Today’s video: tips for editing, why plot structure is important, and how to analyze the plot structure of your story.

Also, don’t forget to download your free copy of Editing for Story: http://tinyurl.com/kws5c5w