Plotting Fiction: Novellas And The Story Question (Novella Series 3)

When you’re plotting fiction, here’s the essence: your plot is what your characters DO. We discussed developing characters in our second article in this novella-writing series, Writing Short Fiction: How To Develop Characters (Novella Series 2). When you focus on what your characters do, and WHY they do it, plotting your novella is simple, even if you’re a dedicated pantser, … Read more

Writing Tips: Outline Fiction The Easy Way

You’re frustrated with your fiction. Perhaps you need some writing tips to help you to outline your fiction because you’re like me, a natural-born pantser. (A “pantser” is someone who prefers to write by the seat of his pants; sans outline.) I’ve had requests for outlining tips. So, I thought I’d resurrect my article, “6 Tips For Writers Who Hate … Read more

How To Plot A Novella: 3 Tips

Want to plot a novella? Avoid complex, multi-layered plots. How to plot a novella: keep it simple Think of a novella as a stripped-down version of a novel. If you were writing a novel you’d have time to write leisurely scenes, expand on minor characters, create a subplot or two… in a novella, you need to stick to the point. … Read more

Plotting Made Simple: The One-Hour Plotting Strategy

Want to learn a very simple, but powerful, plotting strategy? You can. Our new program, Commercial Fiction Secrets: Plot Your Novel In 60 Minutes Or Less, turns you into a plot magician. Whether you’re plotting a new novel or are rescuing a novel that’s crashed off the rails, your plotting woes will end forever. Plotting and the pain of pantsing … Read more