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.
If you are having trouble creating a good plot, take the time to listen to this podcast. The five golden rules discussed, such as creating a plot skeleton, will help you organize your story ideas into a successful design.
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.
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.
What is prewriting, you ask? It is simply the first stage of writing and generally includes planning, mapping, research, outlining, storyboarding, and so on. Basically, prewriting is everything that happens before you start “putting words on the page."
During this year's National Novel Writing Month, Scribendi will be helping aspiring authors by sponsoring NaNoWriMo.
If you have a great idea, but you are having a hard time putting a script together, we can help you get your thoughts on paper (or computer screen!). This podcast will provide you with some great tips for writing your next script.
Learn how to navigate the five stages of writing and revising to ensure that your manuscript is ready to be published.
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.