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What Is Story Theme?

What Is your story REALLY all about? Reedsy says on their infographic below, that Story Theme is all about driving the story from deep beneath the surface.

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How To Create A Logline

A logline conveys the dramatic story of a film or book in the most abbreviated manner possible. It's the briefest summary showing both your plot and hook to stimulate interest.

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5 Rules Every First-Time Author Needs To Know About Planning A Novel

Writing a novel is something that many writers (amateur or professional) dream of doing, but most never actually achieve.

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Psychological Thrillers That Will Mess With Your Head

Reedsy, the excellent site for writers, had this list of 23 Psychological Thrillers That Will Mess With Your Head and I had to log it somewhere so I could remember to come back and read every Psych

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Psychological Thriller Checklist For Writers

Psychological thrillers focus on the darker side of human behavior and focuses on understanding the shifts in the human mind.

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Writing A Psychological Thriller

I am writing my first Psychological Thriller and wanted to log these notes for future novels. I thought other writers of this genre may find this interesting.

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When Is The Inciting Incident In A Story Plot

Ever get confused about Plot Points and the Inciting Incident? Or understanding when the problem of the story starts sets an author straight.

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Uniting Story Structure and Character Arc

Michael Hauge goes one step further by saying the best heroes must achieve two compelling goals: an outer journey of accomplishment; and a deeper, inner journey of transformation and fulfillment.

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12 Point Hero's Journey

Intrigued and fascinated by mythology, author Joseph Campbell studied the myths of many cultures.

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8 Point Story Arc

This all sounds extremely formulaic, but it doesn’t have to be.

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3 Acts to Your Story Structure

One good place to start is a simple 3 Act Structure where you have a beginning, middle and end with lots of plot points within each act.

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Structure Your Novel

Plotting and structuring a novel is like driving a car without driving lessons. Or like building a skyscraper on a shed’s foundations.

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Decide Your Novel Length

Writers planning a new novel have a standard formula they use and they go straight to their story structure model and get started.

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Mind-Blogging Story Structure

This image looks like a child has scribbled all over their parent's story structure, but it's not. It is in fact the 6 emotional story arcs that dominate fiction.

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Story Structure Humour

When planning your story structure becomes mind-boggling, here's a bit of humour on the anatomy of story structure for writers of all genre fiction.

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In my latest historical thriller, Elixa, I wanted to add a scene where my character has a sword fight.

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Excel Worksheets For Writers

If you haven't come across Jami Gold in your writing career, you probably haven't needed to know anything about story structure, story beats and how to master these creative writing techniques for

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Breaking Down Story Structure

I have always used and preferred Michael Hauge's story structure, simply because it comes naturally to me while writing.

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Writing a Psychopathic Character

What do writers need to know when they start Writing a Psychopathic Character?

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Write Villains Readers Love to Hate

All writers want to write memorable and believable villains that readers love to hate. But how do you create a remarkable villain with depth and believability?

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Swearing For Writers

To swear or not to swear ...that is often a dilemma for writers. Will you lose your die-hard readers if your characters swear?

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A Comparison of Seven Story Structure Models

Many writers get completely bogged down with story structure. There are so many different formulas and models in the writing world so its easy to see how that can happen.

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Best Visual Verbs For Writers

'The best verbs create pictures in your reader’s mind and sound like what they mean' Jessica Page Morrell

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Writing Thrillers To Scare The Pants Off Your Readers

When I wrote a post on why we humans loved to be scared, I realised that millions of people don't like reading thrillers becau

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Writing A Suspense Conspiracy Thriller

During the writing of my historical conspiracy thriller I knew that I wanted to create suspense for my r

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learning to write a killer thriller

When I was little my darling Mom always took us to new movies. I remember one time we went along and my sisters wanted to see a scary film.

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In all the craft of writing books I have read and reviewed on my writing blog, U Self-Publish, I gain so much knowledge and understanding of what makes an excellent novel.

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Online Etymology Dictionary For Historical Fiction Writers

The Online Etymology Dictionary is an absolute must for Historical Fictions writers.

For new writers who may not have heard this before, Dictionary explains Etymology as:

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