From jimbutcher.livejournal.com: “Page Two–Story Arc(h) or PLOT I’m never sure how to spell that. Get a BIG piece of paper. Draw a big curving arch on it. At the LEFT side of the arch, write a brief phrase about the opening scene. At the RIGHT side, write a brief phrase describing the climax of the… Continue Reading »
I have, in the past, hated outlines. They seemed like such an unnecessary part of story-writing – after all, if the story is going to flow, its going to flow. What do you mean only the first 20%, the middle 15% and the last 10% flow? The latter is my usual experience with writing. There… Continue Reading »
What length should a story be? A short story? A novella? A novel? A twenty-plus book series? Well, it depends on the story. And, to a certain extent, on what you think you can sell if you plan on making money. Some stories just don’t fit in short stories – I don’t write many of… Continue Reading »
How much world building is the minimum necessary before you start writing? Well, it depends. Two main factors: one, how different you want your story to be, and two, how much you’re willing to make up as you go along. How different you want your story to be is important. If you’re writing another generic… Continue Reading »
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One of the best ways to draw readers into a book and draw the ‘aww’ factor is to include a romance. For those intending to include more risque elements, it is far more organic to include sex scenes in the course of a romance than to find other ways to insert one. (There are other… Continue Reading »