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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5 Tips for Writing Character Backstory character creation drafting save the cat

How can you develop characters that will keep your readers glued to the pages? Their backstory plays a huge part in getting it right—characters don’t come into existence on the first page of your story

But don’t worry, you don’t need to chronicle your...

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