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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip # 11 Character Arc

After I've spent time thinking about my story and loosely pinning scenes onto the three act structure + beat sheet, I try to get a sense just through my imagining, what the main character looks like. I

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #10 – Theme, Story Question and Logline


I can hear the impatient whimpers: when are we going to get to the actual writing tips of these author tips? Soon, very soon. Taking time to establish these “non-writing” points will pay off

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #9 The Beat Sheet

I love the beat sheet! Seriously, this simple outline changed the way I plotted books and made the whole process so much quicker. I've already discussed the main points, but I wanted to show you the beet

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #8
 Climax and Resolution – the End is Near

The climax is the do or die scene. Everything comes to a head and it looks very dismal for our main character. We are left wondering if a happy ending is at all possible (maybe it's not). It's tempting

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #7 Plot Point Two

Plot point 2 is very similar to plot point 1. It's a conflicting event in the story that launches the third act. At this point things are not looking very good for our protagonist at all. If your main

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #6 Midpoint Reversal

What is the midpoint? It's just what it sounds like. It's the middle of Act 2, the middle of your book, 60minutes into a 120 minute movie. As writers, when we reach the midpoint, we know we are half way

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #5 Plot Point 1

We determined in the last tip that the inciting incident is the answer to “It all started when…” In other words, if this event never happened, the story couldn't have unfolded. This happens

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #4 The Inciting Incident

We touched on the Inciting Incident briefly in Tip #2, The Bones It Hangs On. The Inciting Incident (sometimes called the Catalyst or the Inciting Event) is the trigger that starts the story. It's not

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