3 Elements of Plot: Dilemma

Lesson 1: Inciting Incident In the first lesson, we talk about the three most important plot elements of best-selling stories, starting with the inciting incident. Continue to the lesson Lesson 2: Dilemma In our second lesson, we explore the dilemma, heart of your...
Dilemma: 4 Powerful Steps to Make Your Characters Choose

Dilemma: 4 Powerful Steps to Make Your Characters Choose

What if there was one thing you could change about your writing that could almost instantly make it better?

There is! There is a storytelling element that I’ve seen as an entrant and judge of multiple fiction contests that makes stories work and win, standing out above the rest.

And that single, difference-making element is a Powerful Choice.

How to Write a Scene: The Definitive Guide to Scene Structure

How to Write a Scene: The Definitive Guide to Scene Structure

Once you have a great story idea, the next step is to write it. But do you want to take your brilliant idea and then write a book that bores readers and causes them to quit reading your book?

Of course not. That’s why you need to learn how to write great scenes.

Scenes are the basic building block of all storytelling. How do you actually write them, though? And even more, how do you write the kind of scenes that both can keep readers hooked while also building to the powerful climax you have planned for later in the story?

In this post, you’ll learn what a scene actually is. You’ll explore the six elements every scene needs for it to move the story forward. Then, you’ll learn how to do the work of actually putting a scene together, step-by-step. We’ll look at some of the main scene types you need for the various types of stories, and we’ll also look at some scene examples so you can better understand how scenes work. Finally, we’ll put it all together with a practice exercise.

Inter vs. Intra: A Simple Trick to Remember the Difference

Inter vs. Intra: A Simple Trick to Remember the Difference

I play kickball on a league in Denver, and if you haven’t tried playing this playground game as a grown person, I highly recommend it.
I was talking about my team with someone this past weekend, and they asked, “Oh, it’s like intramural kickball?” I said yes, although it is weird to hear someone use the word intramural outside of college.

Also, it’s definitely intramural, not intermural. But what’s the difference?

Better Book Ideas: 30+ Ideas and Tips to Write Your Best Book

Better Book Ideas: 30+ Ideas and Tips to Write Your Best Book

In this article, I’m going to tell you exactly what to do next no matter where you are. I’ll share over 30 brand new book ideas, and tell you how to find more on your own, to help get you started. We’ll look at what to do to make your book idea better and get ready for the writing process. Finally, we’ll put it all into practice by getting started with your book today.