» Blog Archive » Plotting Your Novel – The Quick Outline Tool Nothing draws a line in the sand of novel writing like the question, “To outline or not to outline.” Is there any kind of middle ground? In fact, I think there is. When I started my first novel, I wrote into the void, with no outline to guide me. It was exciting. Freeing. How to Let Plot Guide Your Short Story The short story is the art of abbreviation. We aren’t dealing with the panorama of life as we might be in a novel. We’re focused. How To Structure A Story: The 8 Point Arc By Ali Hale One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years. Although the cover appears to be on the verge of falling off altogether, I’ve risked opening the book once more to bring you Watts’ very useful “Eight-Point Story Arc” – a fool-proof, fail-safe and time-honoured way to structure a story.
Indigo Adult, Could That Be You? Indigo Adult Indigo children and adults is a concept that has been around since the 70’s or earlier, but it didn’t catch on until fairly recently. Indigo adults are the “Baby Boomers” of today, children born after WWI.
The art of modern writing Learning to write is one of the fundamental skills we gain from our time at school. Writing is one of the cornerstones of learning and we devote significant time and energy towards its mastery. Skilled writing is a mark of an educated individual and a skill required for academic success. But in the modern world what makes a skilled writer? Creative Writing Worksheets Feel free to download and use the following Creative Writing Worksheets to develop compelling characters and rich, vibrant settings. You’ll find plotting your novel much more manageable with our scene chart. These Creative Writing Worksheets are free for your personal use. How to Develop Fiction Plots: 13 Steps Edit Article Two Methods:Plotting Your Story Like a MovieWriting Down Your Plot With few exceptions, successful fiction needs to have a clear plot that takes your characters from their normal lives and through a series of battles. This journey leads to a moment when characters succeed or fail at some ultimate battle that changes them. One way to plot fiction is to imagine it as a movie, because movies have very strict plot structures.
The Golden Rules for a Good Plot Writing a novel can be a daunting task. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you write Quaoar, the astrology of generations, including the Indigo children The newly-discovered planet, Quaoar, is an astrological key to identifying and understanding generational influences, particularly the Indigo children for whom Quaoar is a key defining astrological planet. Like the other outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), astrological interpretation of Quaoar by zodiac sign will be a generational indicator rather than a personal energy in the natal chart. In so doing, Quaoar begins by providing a fascinating rear-view mirror to look at 20th Century generations. Creeping along through each zodiac sign at a rate of about 23 years per sign, Quaoar had the unique configuration of conjuncting the other three known outer planets during the 20th Century giving us a singular retrospective of the last century's demographics. It will be hundreds of years before we see this triple conjunction again.
WRITING ADVICE: The Narrative Arc I've been travelling around Australia this past month, talking about my new book THE WILD GIRL. Inevitably, I've been asked many questions about my creative process. In my usual fashion, I talk about my narrative arc and how I cannot begin writing a novel until I 'see' the clear shape of my dramatic arc, or, to put it in more simple terms, my story thread with its bright beads of scenes, leading strongly and powerfully to my endpoint, my crisis and resolution. Free Beat Sheet Template – Simple Story Development Tool There are many ways to create a “beat sheet.” On a computer. On a sheet of typing paper. On the back of an envelope. 3 by 5 cards.
4 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist When I started reading Gone Girl, I’ll admit I had high expectations. “It’s incredible,” one friend told me after recommending it and praising it profusely. “You just won’t even believe what happens …” She stopped short, looking guilty. “I can’t say any more,” she said, almost at a whisper.