Strategies, tools, tips, and techniques to help you master the art of fiction writing

What is a Beat Sheet? plotting save the cat

You’ve come up with a premise for a novel you can’t wait to explore. You have an idea of the characters, the setting, and even a handful of scenes you definitely want to include. But without a comprehensive plot to string everything together, you can run into problems. Writing...

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How to Write a Brilliant Plot Twist drafting plotting

One of the joys of getting lost in a good book is when you read something that completely blows your mind. It’s unexpected. It’s intriguing. Now you’re flipping pages as fast as you can, not caring that your alarm will be going off in a few hours and you haven’t slept. You...

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How to Use Flashbacks in Your Fiction Writing drafting plotting

Flashbacks done well can have a profound effect on your story. They can add depth to your characters, intrigue to your plot lines, or serve as eye-opening reveals.

In this post, we’ll dive deep into what flashbacks are, why they can be so compelling, and how to use them for maximum effect...

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