Last week, we talked about how systems make it more likely that you’ll achieve your goal. Today I’d like to talk about creating systems for overcoming the obstacles that we all hit at one point or another.
In other words, systems for getting unstuck.
Because we all work a little bit differently, one size doesn’t fit all here. What helps me might not help you. The first step in creating your “unblocking” system is to take a few minutes to think about how you’ve written in the past.Read more
The idea that next year could be different–that we could be different–it’s almost irresistible, isn’t it? Next year could be the year we lose that weight, get organized, and write the novel that’ll make us famous.
So many of us set ambitious goals for ourselves in December, only to drop them before the end of January. The goals we dub “New Year’s resolutions” aren’t enough.
Sure, you start with the goal. Write a novel. Or a non-fiction book. Or a collection of short stories. Or a memoir.
That’s the “what.”
But you also need to create a system to help you achieve that goal.Read more
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.
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!
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
Welcome to Day 30, the final day of NaNoWriMo!
Today we’re talking about your story’s resolution and how to tie up all those loose story ends, as well as the emotion that you’ll end your story on.
Thanks for stopping by! Come by tomorrow–we’ll talk about what to do next and how to get started on editing your novel.
Welcome to Day 30 of NaNoWriMo!
Today we’re talking about what makes for a great resolution, how to end your story on the right emotional note, and–you knew it was coming, didn’t you?–EDITS.
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Congratulations on making it to the end of NaNoWriMo!
Next week, we’ll be talking about some things to consider when editing a first draft–I hope to see you then.
Welcome to Day 29 of NaNoWriMo!
Today we’re talking about the defeat or victory of the protagonist during the climax of your novel and how to make it pay off in the biggest way possible, as well as handling endings in a book that’s part of a series.
Thanks for stopping by–come back tomorrow for Day 30 tips!
Welcome to the 28th day of NaNoWriMo!
Today we’re talking about the beginning of the final, epic showdown between your protagonist and antagonist, and what makes a good climax.
Thanks for stopping by–come back tomorrow for Day 29 plotting tips!
Welcome to NaNoWriMo Day 27!
Today we’re talking about how to isolate your protagonist from his/her allies and set up the final showdown with the antagonist.
Thanks for dropping by–come back tomorrow for more plotting tips!