From Premise to Plot

So-- there it is. Your idea. You're knee-deep in the stream, and the current's moving fast. Suddenly, amid the pebbles and plants clinging relentlessly to the river bed, you see it. A nugget of gold nestled among the dirt. You reach into the biting cold water, gripping it in your palms. Now what? Instead of... Continue Reading →

Using Three Act Structure

Outlining is, for many writers, a necessary evil. Although not as complicated as plotting, it can still seem stifling for some peoples' creativity. That's why structures are so important-- they set up a basic framework, while still leaving plenty of wiggle room in-between. Most writers, in my opinion, use the Three Act Structure. It's been... Continue Reading →

My Writing Journey

I'm one of those rare people that's actually still doing what they wanted to do in elementary school. You know, the dream job that you're sure 90% of your classmates will change their minds about. True, the job seemed (A) a whole lot easier and (B) a whole lot more rewarding-- but that's beside the... Continue Reading →

Borrowing Ideas & Making Them New

They say that mimicry is flattery. These days, mimicry is a more subtle art. Sometimes it can lean more toward plagiarism than respect. However, beyond that pessimistic thought, borrowing other's ideas is a proven tactic if you're lacking ideas (or enough ideas for a whole plot). Indeed, it seems that, with all of the novels... Continue Reading →

10 Ways to Get Your Next Idea

Ah, that familiar feeling-- the one of having no new ideas. In this world full of literally millions of possible plots and characters, it shouldn't happen, and yet it does, whether caused by a mental block or simply finishing one project and moving to the next. And what's to be done? How can we glean... Continue Reading →

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