Action and Reaction in Plot: The Building Blocks of Story Structure

Today, I’m guest posting on Jody Hedlund’s blog, with the post “Action and Reaction in Plot: The Building Blocks of Story Structure.” Here’s an excerpt:

Sometimes writers get a little freaked out by the idea of story structure. Too complicated, too confining, too vague. This is ironic, since structure, when properly understood, actually simplifies the writing process, frees our creativity, and offers a specific checklist of “story must-haves.” Today, I want to break structure down to its simplest integers: action and reaction.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. What are the tricks to polishing your story/writing? Do you use an editor? If so how expensive is it?

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