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 #62 Strengthen Your Plot

  Read any good book on writing, attend writer’s conferences, and you’ll hear this warning again and again—beware the sagging middle. These fine folk are not speaking of the aftermath of that dozen donuts downed in despair over a deadline. Nor are they eluding to the need of sturdier foundational garments. Rather, they are warning […]

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 […]