Category Archives: Plotting

Pt. 2 Engineering the Perfect Storm and Finding Balance

This is part two of the “Gut Punch your Audience with Emotion” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here’s a handy link to the other parts of the series: Pt. 1 Visceral Experiences … Continue reading

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Plotting in the Key of D Minor

I listened to an episode of Writing Excuses, a podcast for writers, while driving across town the other day.  Dan Wells, one of the regular contributors, mentioned a technique that I thought strange and extraordinary.  He used a fugue to … Continue reading

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Is there such thing as a New Idea in fiction?

One of the greatest challenges that writers face is coming up with new and fresh ideas for stories.  It is a struggle to search for something revolutionary to introduce to the world.  When that new idea is found it is … Continue reading

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Discussion: The Tragic Ending

When we use the term tragic ending many stories come to mind, Romeo and Juliet, Phantom of the Opera, Ghost, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, just to name a few.  In these stories one or … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: False Starts

There are strong opinions out there about the right way to craft the beginning of a book.  Often what is written on the first few pages will make or break a book for a reader, agent, or publisher.  While I … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Making Changes, Being Flexible

Any of you familiar with the process of writing a novel length story understand that it might not go as planned.  You may have thought that you had it all planned out; your outline complete; your beginning, middle, and ending … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, Bring it on!

Monday is the big kick off for the annual writing event known as NaNoWriMo. Being a first timer, I have absolutely no sage advice that you should follow.  My strategy is straightforward – aim for 2,000 words a day.  This … Continue reading

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Plot Flowcharts

There are probably hundreds of different ways to organize a plot line but when I saw this I knew I had to share it.  The creative minds at XKCD have created a movie narrative chart that is as useful as … Continue reading

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The Art of Finishing

I hope that I’m the only one who struggles to find the perfect way to end a chapter.  If I’m right then all you lovely people will jump to my rescue and teach me the trick.  It’s not just ending … Continue reading

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Intensity Rollercoaster

I’ve been thinking about the pacing in my manuscript and am curious what everyone’s thoughts are when it comes to using high intensity moments.  When I say high intensity I mean life or death situations,  thrilling fight scenes,  dramatic breakups, … Continue reading

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