Lesson #77: Writing the Show-Down

Every story has an ending. Smash-bang stories, however, will have smash-bang endings. By smash-bang, I don’t mean action-packed, surprising, or emotional. (Though a smash-bang ending can be this way). When I say “smash-bang ending,” what I really mean is that the ending is influential and changes the reader, makes the reader contemplative, and/or leaves the […]

Lesson #18: GMC Charts

(Note: At the end of this post is a downloadable GMC chart.) So this lesson will be relatively short (hopefully) because you will need to try it out on your own – and because Kayla did such a great job with the introduction of the subject. *** But before we go any further – I […]

Lesson #10: Danger: Road Ends!

“The End.” Those words have been printed, spoken, and seen who-knows-how-many times throughout the ages. Whether it’s a direct statement or a logical fact, your story must end at the end – that is to say, it must come to a close. (Note: your series may continue. But your story must end. What do I […]

Lesson #9: Elements of a Good Ending

Well, in the past two weeks we’ve discussed beginnings and middles (Act One and Act Two)… we’re nearing “the end” – which is most authors’ favorite part! Most of the time the end is the section that brings some excitement and relief. The end is usually the “breath of fresh air” because you know you’re […]

Lesson #4: Plotting

Plotting In Lesson #3 (read it here) we talked about plot in and of itself. We introduced this complex, wonderful, intriguing facet of the writing craft. In this lesson, we’ll focus on some different ways to plot – in a word: plotting. Three Strategies for Plotting There are many, many, many different ways you can […]

Lesson #3: Introduction to Plot

Plot. Plot. The word that sends tingles of excitement and fear up and down your spine. This month (March, 2016) we’ll be covering the ins and outs of this frightening-and-simultaneously-exciting facet of creative writing. First, we’ll discuss plot as a whole (lesson #3 and lesson #4). Then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty and discuss beginnings […]