12 Story Plot Twist Ideas – Part 1

12 Story Plot Twist Ideas – Part 1

Possibly you have the big, must-have twists, such as the inciting incident at the story’s beginning, the mid-story crisis in which the protagonist realizes his underlying problem, and the black moment event near the end. But plot twists are also needed during the...
Story Setting Part 2: Real vs. Fictional

Story Setting Part 2: Real vs. Fictional

First off, remember from Part 1 that setting encompasses such elements as place, time, culture, technology, geography, and weather. Thus, you must decide whether any real setting can work for your story. Of course, fantasy and sci-fi novels need extensive fictional...
Story Setting Part 1: It’s More Than a Place

Story Setting Part 1: It’s More Than a Place

What’s Included in Setting?   A story setting is more than the place(s) where the author sets characters. It provides the environment in which your drama unfolds, so establish it early in your story. It’s interactive—creating the mood, giving meaning to the...
50 Ideas for Author Newsletter Content

50 Ideas for Author Newsletter Content

Enlist Outside Help 1.  Interview an author in your genre. 2.  Post readers’ contributions (reviews, a book-related how-to, or their takeaway from yours or other authors’ books). Employ By-Products 3.  Share handouts from your speaking engagements. 4.  Include book...