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 #71: Adding Layers to a Plot

  My dad has a best-seller story idea. Are you ready? He died. They all went home. The end. (That’s not the plot. That’s the book. All of it. *clears throat* He’s not much of a reader…) Though there are many plot “skeletons” and formats we generally use in fiction (as the wonderful example above […]

Lesson #70 The Hero’s Journey

Hold on, this is gonna be a wild ride. I’m gonna take you on a journey—the hero’s journey—in 800 words or less. When I teach this, it’s a six-week course! I can do twelve hours of lecture and worksheets on this topic, so this will be very basic. First off, it’s important to know that […]

Lesson #46: Writing a FABULOUS First Line

Your first line is the opening of your story. The reader’s introduction to, essentially, these hours and hours of work which you have completed. The big hook. The main chance you have of drawing your reader’s attention… Would you rather have a so-so first line? Or a first line that makes your reader want to […]