Monthly Archives: June 2013

Filling Up Those Boxes — Part One

Now that we’ve explained the four parts in your book, let’s fill them up. If you need a quick review, you can read through them again: The Setup, The Response, The Attack, and The Resolution. Now, I said it would … Continue reading

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The Resolution

Welcome back to our discussion on story structure. If you’re joining in for the first time, you can read about the first three parts here, here, and here. Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get to it. Here we … Continue reading

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The Attack

Okay… part three. If you’re catching up, you can read parts one and two first. Our hero has been stumbling around blindly, responding to the crisis dropped in her lap. Probably not looking much like a hero in any way, … Continue reading

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The Response

If you missed Part One, it’s here. Today, we’re talking about Part Two… the response, the second quarter of your story. How does your character respond to the first plot point? All Billie Jean’s dreams and goals were turned upside … Continue reading

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The Setup

Welcome to the first part of our little series on story structure. Remember those four boxes we mentioned last Friday? Today we’re going to fill up the first one. Box One. Knowing what goes in this box will make your … Continue reading

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4 Parts of Story Structure

Story structure. There are four parts (three if you’re talking about a play… three acts). Each part has its own reason for being there and its own place in the story. Each part tells you what it needs to contain. … Continue reading

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Story is Everything

So what do you need to tell your story? Structure. Conflict. Character. Clean writing. Sure, we all appreciate that well-written sentence that grabs us by the collar and punches us in the soul, but not every sentence needs to be … Continue reading

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Know Your Psychology

Last week I talked about the three dimensions of characterization. This time I’m going to go a bit deeper and talk about the psychology of characterization. Do you remember anything from psychology class? If not, it may be time to … Continue reading

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OMG–I Can’t Stress This Enough

I’ve written on the topic of the importance of editing before, but OMG guys, it really is. I love indie authors, I really do. Heck, I’m one myself. Some of my best online friends are, too. Some of what I’m … Continue reading

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