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June 2015 | Podcast Episode Archive

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on iTunes. June 2015 3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier: As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips! What Every Writer Ought to Know About the […]

The Only Reason Your Story Should Have Flashbacks

The Only Reason Your Story Should Have Flashbacks

Writers love their flashbacks. And with good reason. Flashbacks are a multi-functional technique for stepping outside your story’s timeline and sharing interesting and informative nuggets about your characters’ pasts. But just as they can be used to strengthen your story, they can even more easily cripple it. First things first: what is a flashback? A flashback […]

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV

Chances are good you’re using a third-person POV (or Point of View) in your story right now. If not, then you likely used it in the past or will give it a try in the future. It’s a nearly universal writing technique and the most popular of all the POV choices. But are you using […]

Help Me Build the Ultimate Glossary of Writing Terms

The Ultimate Glossary of Writing Terms

I still clearly remember the day I learned what “WIP” meant. I was a newbie on a writing forum, and everybody was using special writing terms like “WIP.” It got to the point where I wanted to scream: What’s a WIP? And why don’t I get one tooooooo? Then I googled it. Oh. Work-in-progress. That’s […]

How to Choose the Right POV (What I Learned Writing Storming)

How to Choose the Right POV (What I Learned Writing Storming)

Your novel is going to be the product of a series of important decisions. One of the most important of those decisions is one many authors take for granted: the point of view (POV) from which the story will be told. Let me implore you right now: Don’t take POV for granted! The slapdash POV […]

Fast and Furious 7 Vin Diesel Paul Walker Dwayne Johnson Jason Statham

Furious 7

Inciting Event: Deckard Shaw—vengeful brother of the last movie’s bad guy—blows up Dom, Mia, and Brian’s house. The conflict has been going on prior to this—Deckard beat up FBI agent Hobbs and killed team member Han in Tokyo—but this is the moment where it undeniably slams into Dom’s life. First Plot Point: “Ghost” agent Mr. […]

Protagonist and Main Character— Same Person? The Answer May Transform Your Story!

Writers tend to use the terms for protagonist and main character interchangeably. In fact, if asked to define one of these terms, we would probably come right back with the other term as our quickest explanation. And why not? Both describe a story’s central character, right? Not necessarily. This argument doesn’t even matter most of […]

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Hook: Austen begins by masterfully hooking us with her famous opening line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” The subtle irony gives us a sense of conflict from the very first and lets us know that neither the wife in search […]

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  By Christine Frazier of Better Novel Project. By Christian Frazier of Better Novel Project.      

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel

At the heart of every sequel* is the narrating character’s reaction to the preceding scene’s disaster. This is where the author gets the opportunity to dig around inside his character’s emotional and mental processes and find out what he’s really made of. The scene is about external action; the sequel is about internal reaction. The sequel will sometimes be entirely confined […]