5 Essential Short Story Elements You’re Missing

By its definition, the short story is supposed to be, well, short. And because it is a concisely written tale, it’s less complex than a novel. Unlike novels, your tale will usually focus on only one incident, plot point, and setting. It will also feature a small cast of characters that are only present for […]

7 Novel Essentials Every Book Must Have

We’ve all read great works of fiction, and we’ve read those novels that produce a lukewarm reaction. Today, we’re going to look at the novel essentials that every book must-have. So what elements does a great story have that a lackluster one doesn’t? Despite all of the advice floating around on the internet, it all […]

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 4): Developing Your Plot

Hey, Lovelies! We’re going to be continuing our discussion about plotting your Novel this week. We’ll be delving into how to develop our plot and how to make it irresistible for readers. As we’ve been discussing, plot is the backbone of a story, and we need to take the time to develop a good one […]

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 […]

Happy Halloween!

Hey, Lovelies! Happy Halloween! I know I’ve gone AWOL this past month. Wedding planning has been more involved than I figured it would be.  I will eventually find some time to finish the last quarter of our next plot post. I hope everyone is doing well, though! As you wait for my next post, you […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 2): Subplots

Hey, Lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well! I have to say I am kinda excited that it’s Friday the 13th tomorrow. The superstitious stuff is always interesting and entertaining. For those of you who do take things a bit more seriously, here’s an article by the Farmer’s Almanac on how to improve your luck. […]

As Summer Turns into Fall

Hey, Lovelies! The summer is starting to wind down for year and fall is fast approaching. That also means that I’m going to stop traveling to my parents cabin the Okanangan on the weekends. It also means that I have a blog to write and a wedding to plan. That’s right! My partner decided to […]

Checking in

Hey, Lovelies! I hope everyone is keeping cool and enjoying the sunshine (if it’s that time of the year for you). I know I have been silent for the past few weeks. The summer is turning out to be a lot busier than I anticipated it to be. These last two weeks have been particularly active […]