Turning Points in a Story

What are “TURNING POINTS” in a novel? Put simply: a turning point in a story is A POINT AT WHICH THINGS CHANGE. You should be able to find a turning point in most of your scenes: it’s an indication that your story is moving forward. Any story is full...

The Power of Brainstorming

So, it’s official. You’re stuck. Maybe you can’t come up with a decent story idea. Maybe you’ve no idea of where to take the plot. Or possibly you’re just losing patience with an intractable character. Whatever it is, you feel as though...

Satisfying Story Endings

Story endings are hard to write – often much harder than beginnings. Any author who wants to be published must understand how to write a book with a powerful ending. It’s important to know two things: one, what will disappoint readers (and editors) and...

5 Ideas for Plot Twists

I admit that this might start to sound a bit like the developments in your favourite (or most-hated) soap opera – but remember: readers LOVE to be surprised! Your job is to tread the fine line between giving them a plot twist that they didn’t see coming,...

Mind-Mapping Your Story

Writers are always thinking about plots and outlines. If you’re writing a book, you’re thinking about plots, subplots, plot twists, characters, motivation and heaven knows what else. If you’re writing an article, you’re thinking about the...

Plotting by Personality

Work With Your Natural Instincts! What’s the best way to plot? Quick answer: the best way to plot is whatever works best for you. After all, we’re all different. Interview any group of a dozen writers and you’ll find they all have different times of...