A straight path is rarely interesting. Twists and turns that increase the sense of struggle provide an opportunity for the readers to build stronger emotional bonds with the character and build suspense.
There are many names for a plot outline; one of our favorites is the plot skeleton. Whatever you refer to it as, the plot outline is what will hold up your story if you know how to use it—or cause it to collapse if you don't.
Writing a pitch or query letter is the first step to getting published. Agents and editors read query letters to find new material they are interested in selling or publishing. Most agents and editors will never read unsolicited manuscripts, but they will almost always read an unsolicited pitch.
If you already have a plot outline and are in the process of writing your story, you need to consider how you are planning on ending your novel. Remember our mantra: a plot is a complication followed by a plot resolution.
Any seasoned writer will tell you that creating characters that are believable takes some work. It's a little like painting a picture, stroke by stroke. Characters have to be constructed, bit by bit, until the whole, complex individual finally comes into view.
Congratulations! You've completed the long, arduous task of writing a novel. You have an error-free manuscript, and we've helped you put together a winning query package. It's time to send your baby out to seek its fame and fortune.
Everyone wants to know the secret behind amazing novels. Scribendi.com's editors offer five helpful plot rules that will ensure your novel has a good plot, one that will grab and keep your reader's attention.
We love short stories. At Scribendi.com, we admire the authors who produce these mini manuscripts, what with their complete plots and well-developed characters.
When writing a book series, it is important to keep plot structures in mind; each book must have its own plot, a plot which is concluded within its own pages.
Ebook publishing may not meet everyone's needs, but don't reject the idea of making your manuscript into a downloadable product without at least considering the pros and cons.