Putting the Pieces Together

Part 8: Revisioning Your Story Wow.  It’s been a long haul, but you’ve analyze your story for seven long lessons, from Character Goals to Plot Twists to the End and the Beginning. Now it’s time to put it put it all together.  Finally it’s time to fix it.  What?  You’re worried that you can’t fix it or that fixing it will destroy what you loved about it?  Take a deep breath.  You’ve done your homework, […]

From the End to the Beginning

Part 7: Re-visioning Your Story Why from the End to the Beginning? Many writers spend a significant amount of time crafting the beginning of their story. They know the beginning of a story is critical. If you don’t hook your reader, the story will go unread. But did you realize the ending is just as important? No amount of convincing characters, intricate or thrilling plot, nor vivid story world construction can overcome a poorly crafted […]

Is There a Time and Place in Your Story?

Setting: Week 6 of Re-visioning Your Story There's a time and place for . . . time and place in your story. When and where your story takes place gives the reader a reference point, or as Dwight V. Swain calls it, " a standard for your reader." Getting the time and place right is like the difference between Sleeping Beauty's castle and Windsor castle. When revising your manuscript, you'll want to be certain to […]