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In the Beginning

Chances are, if you’ve come up with a story idea, you’ve probably got a few opening scenes, the climax, and maybe a handful of random ideas or bits or dialogue you have no idea where to put on your outline. 1,144 more words


An inciting incident

I love this blog. I think it’s because it’s an online forum where I can be myself, but nobody really knows me – except for those lucky few who I send the link to (you know who you are). 693 more words

Understanding Story Structure - Part 2

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Earlier this week I began discussing story structure – looking at the macro structure of entire novels and their component Acts.

You’ll remember from the last post that I described story structure as a Russian Doll – the novel structure replicating itself in miniature with each of the smaller dolls it held inside. 966 more words


Lightning, Fire, the Power of God or Something

I’m a big cheater. Not in general, just now, as I’m writing this. My mission is to write an entry as soon as possible for the Screenwriting Grotto. 734 more words

The Craft

Just where should I begin... ?

Around Chapter 6 of my-adventure-in-writing-my-first-novel, it became clear I had not started my story in the right place and time.  My MC  (main character) has developed quite a bit, thanks to lessons I have learned along the way, and I can see I have made a miss-step or two…or three… okay, way north of a dozen… in introducing the reader to my little world. 784 more words

Writing The Book

Make sure your journey goes somewhere.

Journeys need to be big enough to tell an interesting story.  Bear with me here while I give you an example.

Let’s say your story is about an orphan living in the middle of nowhere.  634 more words


Why getting the inciting incident right can make or break your short story

The “inciting incident” is a term used a lot in the study of short fiction, and it’s something that serious readers (and writers) of short fiction should understand and be able to spot.  454 more words

How To Write Short Stories