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Before You Start to Plot

Here’s a quick question for you: what’s easiest to write – a ‘woman in jeopardy’ story or a police procedural?   If you are (or have been) a police officer, then ‘police procedural’ might be the answer for you. If you know...

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...