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.

The 6 Elements of Fiction

The 6 Elements of Fiction

Much of writing is instinctual, but there are some tools every writer needs to make their story professional and effective. Today, I’m talking about the elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, point-of-view, theme, and style.

4 Key Reasons Planning a Novel Speeds Up Your Writing Process

4 Key Reasons Planning a Novel Speeds Up Your Writing Process

Do you dread planning a novel, or love it? Plotters and pantsers often have different perspectives—but which one are you? 

Declaring yourself as a plotter or pantser is like being asked to pick a house in Hogwarts: are you House Planner or House Pantser? Which one?

In your writing career, I can guarantee you’ll connect with writers from both “houses,” and I’m not sure there will ever be a definitive answer to one team being better than the other.

However, I do think there are extreme benefits to planning a novel. If nothing else, there are four key reasons why planning a novel will speed up your writing process when writing your first draft—and next drafts.