How to Effectively Conduct Story Research

Research. I go on and on about it on this blog because it’s essential to our stories. Most people think, “Oh, it’s all made up in the writer’s head.” But it isn’t. Every book we’ve read from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones to The Silver Linings Playbook has some root in reality. And that […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 6): Messing with Plot

Hey, Lovelies! Welcome to the final installment of the Ultimate Guide to Plot. This won’t be the grand finale for all plot-related things, but we will be taking a break from it. I’m undecided on what I want to talk about next, so next week will be a surprise for us all. It might have […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 5): Beware of Plot Armor and Plot Holes

Hey, Lovelies! We’re nearing the end of our intensive look at plot. We’ve got one more topic that we’ll be covering after this installment before we move on to other subjects. It won’t be the complete end of our discussion of plot, as there is a lot of ground to cover on that front. If […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 3): How Plot Structures Differ Across Mediums

Hey, Lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well and that 2020 is off to a good start so far! As promised, we’re going to be looking at the ways plot can differ between films, television series, plays, novels, short stories, etc. Yes, there are slight differences as to how each form of storytelling is set […]

Reflecting on 2019

Hey, Lovelies! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and got spoiled with love, good food, and even better company. I went home to Calgary for the first time in over a year for Christmas. It was super busy, but it was great to spend time with my family and friends. Now, as 2019 draws […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 1): The Basics

Hey, Lovelies! As mentioned in my Game of Thrones post from last week, I will be talking about plot today. I’m still in shock that I haven’t covered this topic yet. I will be breaking our discussion of plot down into a few different posts, starting with a beginner’s guide to plot and then delving into […]

What Writers Can Learn from Season 8 of Game of Thrones

Hey, Lovelies! Before we go any further, this post will contain spoiler alerts for anyone who has not seen season eight of Game of Thrones. If you care about the outcome of the show, please do not go any farther than this. If you don’t care, please proceed. Also, there are some spoiler alerts for […]

Pace

Hey, Lovelies! Things have been hectic on my end at work, which has led to me to passing out early and leaving my writing for this blog for another day.  So thank you for the patience, yet again. We’re finally going to talk about pace today. Let’s start off with our definition of pace: Pace: is […]