Nearly at the Finish Line: Bringing the Plot to The End

In mid-March, I invited you to Finish Writing Your Novel with me. Having stalled out in the middle of writing a novel back in 2013, I resurrected the manuscript. My goal: to finish what I started four years ago, both writing the novel to the end and following the prompts all the way to the end from The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts (published 1/13 by Adams Media (now an imprint of Simon & Schuster)). Your tweets and messages of progress are a testament that you, too, have brought a … [Read more...]

Blockbuster Plots by Threes Book Giveaway

In honor of the 1st Anniversary of Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step by Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene, I republish Blockbuster Plots by Threes -- my very first plot article. The original version of Writing Blockbuster Plots came from this piece. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with me! Free Book Giveaway See details below Blockbuster Plots by Threes Make explicit what you already know intuitively about the structure of movies and stories and you’ll have yourself a … [Read more...]

The Value of Finishing

Do you find yourself with lots of unfinished projects? Not stories you've cast aside and forgotten, but those ideas you've never truly let go. We all have goals we begin with great enthusiasm and promise, falter, and promise ourselves we'll finish. Creative whisperings imprisoned in our hopes and longings. Someday. One day... If you have possibilities swirling in your imagination or haunting your dreams that aren't moving forward, I invite you now explore the value of finishing. Make a … [Read more...]

Finish Writing Your Novel

2017 -- the year of finishing...  Join me. Time to finish writing your novel! With several novels and a couple of non-fiction books in the works, I plotted a plan for the year. Quickly I found that the project I moved to the top of the list was more difficult and draining that I had anticipated. Taking that as a sign and wanting to follow the energy, I've decided instead to resurrect a novel I started in 2013.  Finish Writing Your Novel One Prompt at a Time Way back when, I began … [Read more...]

Plot Your Story Scene-by-Scene to Emotionally Engage Your Readers

The following is a handout I used for a plot workshop -- Plot Your Story Scene-by-Scene to Emotionally Engage Your Readers -- for Middle Grade and Young Adult writers. The points serve writers of all genres and for all ages. Tapping into the ancient structure of the Universal Story leads to enduring stories.  Plot springs from character in conflict. Readers emotionally connect through tension shown in scene. Apply the energy of the Universal Story to the character emotional transformational … [Read more...]