Brainstorming is an important step when developing your story idea. Once you have an general idea that feels right, use brainstorming again to start building your characters and plot.
Evoking emotion is a crucial piece to effective writing. Sometimes, however, writers find themselves sabotaging the emotional impact in their stories by failing to address other story elements. How do we keep other parts of the story from interfering with the emotion and serve to enhance it?
From mysteries to thrillers to historical fiction – learn the rules of the road for developing your plot.
Genre writing requires particular attention to plot, as each genre has its own unique plot structure. When creating your characters and determining your story’s catalyst, keep in mind where the overall
Have you ever gotten to the end of a book and thought “So what?” Did it make you want to read more by that author, or recommend the book to a friend? Satisfying endings go hand in hand with strong beginnings in framing the reader’s experience. No matter how masterfully written the rest of the story, if the ending is a letdown it overshadows everything that came before.
The big screen is filled with great storytelling techniques that you can employ to improve your own writing. Here’s just some of what you can lift from your favorite films….