Plot & Structure

Short Story Tips: Writing the End

  •   Jul 4, 2017   •  

You’ve set everything up, you’ve gone through the character development, and...     more »


Short Story Tips: Writing the Middle

  •   Jun 27, 2017   •  

The middle of a story is often the most neglected part. We get so focused on an engaging start an...     more »


Short Story Tips: Writing the Beginning

  •   Jun 20, 2017   •  

Short stories are one of the most valuable tools in a writer’s arsenal. They provide a calling ca...     more »


Making Ends Meet: How to Write a Good Ending to a Story

  •   Dec 21, 2016   •  

If there’s anything writers struggle with even more than beginnings, it is endings. Imagine you’v...     more »


How Long Should My Story Be?

  •   Oct 5, 2016   •  

Different lengths of story serve very different purposes. Partly this is about the art: how big i...     more »


Pantsers Unite! A Simple Plotting Technique That Won't Seem Like Outlining

  •   Jul 23, 2016   •  

Hi, my name is Carol, and I have a confession to make. I am a pantser.I know I'm not alone...     more »


How Crucibles Can Save Your Story from Falling Apart

  •   May 31, 2016   •  

Every writer faces this contradiction, sooner or later: you need escalating conflict to drive the...     more »


Guidelines for a Great Scene

  •   May 2, 2016   •  

A scene is one of the smallest units of story, and yet it can be one of the most difficult things...     more »