A series examining the two important "halves" in each of story structure's major beats, beginning with the Inciting Event in the First Act.
Deepen your understanding of story structure by examining the parallel functions of the First Plot Point and the Third Plot Point.
To discover what thematic metaphor your plot is offering from amid its entertaining adventures, all you have to do is ask the right questions.
No matter what type of story you write, its success will arise from the balance of its three most important pieces: plot, character, and theme.
If you can create a story with cohesion and resonance, you will have written something truly magical. Let's examine what each is, why they matter individually, and how they work to
Once you understand what to look for, you can find and fix even the most extraneous of story events before they derail your book's narrative.
Can you outline the theme of your story? If you start by asking yourself these three questions, you will be able to find the heart of your story every time.
Too many authors write story conflict that isn't so much conflict as a delaying tactic to fill their books. Learn how to fix this problem before it starts!
Sometimes having a writing superpower means having a writing super-weakness too. But that doesn't have to be you. Learn how to be good at ALL of writing.
Favoritism has no place in a powerful theme. Why? Because your readers will sniff it out in a second and instinctively discount your truth a little bit.