What to Do When Your Plot is Wrong — An Inky Mess

So, you’ve outlined, you’ve written, you’ve conquered. Now what? Now is the time to edit, and when you’re editing, guess what happens? That’s right, you fucking cry because your manuscript is a mess and a half. Unless you’re me- then it’s 3.75 messes. No regrets. I was rewriting one of my action scenes, glibly minding … Continue reading What to Do When Your Plot is Wrong — An Inky Mess

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Conflict is More Important than Character — Steven Capps

  I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact opposite. Up until a few days ago, I believed that of all the elements of a story the concept of character was, by far, the most integral element … Continue reading Conflict is More Important than Character — Steven Capps

P for Plotting #AtoZChallenge — Kavipriya Moorthy

Most of us think plot and story line is the same thing. Or, we just elaborate the same thing in different ways. If they are one and the same, why two different terms though? Yes! They are different. Plot – Main Events of the novel arranged in a manner such that it has twists and … Continue reading P for Plotting #AtoZChallenge — Kavipriya Moorthy

Novel Writing: Creating the Rough Draft — No Wasted Ink

I’ve always been a writer. I started my first book in early grade school, all written in child’s scrawl, pencil on paper. It was a fantasy story about mermaids from a child’s point of view, not to mention from a child’s mind. I did three drafts of the story, of which I thought of at … Continue reading Novel Writing: Creating the Rough Draft — No Wasted Ink

Story Plots – Why They’re Essential by A.E. Wilcox — No Wasted Ink

There are essentially three kinds of writers – planners, pantsers (no planning – making it up as you go along) and ‘tweeners (those who are somewhere between the two). But there is something all story writers should have on completion of their novel or short story – a plot. So what exactly is a story … Continue reading Story Plots – Why They’re Essential by A.E. Wilcox — No Wasted Ink

To Plot or Not to Plot — Occasional Dreams

I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year and I’ve been looking at the planning events and prep workshops — I say ‘looking’ but ‘putting my hands in my pocket and whistling by’ is a fairer description. You see, while some people are ‘Planners’, I am very much, beyond any doubt, what you’d call a chronic ‘Pantser’ … Continue reading To Plot or Not to Plot — Occasional Dreams

Plot pitfalls + ways to avoid them — World of Horror

1. THE PLOT ISN’T ORIGINAL ENOUGH. Go through your pages and highlight anything that you’ve read in another book or seen in a movie. In the margin, write where you’ve seen it. Then list these sections and make a note for each one about how it could differ from its lookalike. A mental patient escapes … Continue reading Plot pitfalls + ways to avoid them — World of Horror