Tag: Plot


Articles / On Writing

I’ve written about the three-act structure  in novels and how it relates to plot. In this article, I want to take a look at subplots and how to use them in fiction. Subplots are secondary or side stories to the main plot of the story. By nature, they have less action, focus, and events that unfold than the main plot. In addition, subplots have a...

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Articles / On Writing

What is the three-act structure? It comes from Aristotle and is the basic plot structure for Greek tragedies. The simplest definition is, it is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. A large majority of the good stories out there have this same structure. Why? Because it works. We recognize it as good storytelling whether we are aware of it or not....

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Divas Recommend: Thickening the Plot by Vickie Hinze In this week’s recommendation we unravel the mysteries of constructing a concise, well-developed plot. Vickie Hinze takes plotting to the next level in her article “Thickening the Plot” over at the absolutely wonderful writer’s site, Absolute Write. So if you are having issues developing your plot or creating a plot that doesn’t de-evolve into the clichéd, this is the...

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Divas Recommend: Writing The Romance Novel –  Seven Story Beats by Kaye Dacus   Kaye Dacus talks about the seven romantic plotlines Billy Mernit described in his article “Writing the Romantic Comedy.” It’s a very informative article that breaks down the genre into seven descriptive plotlines. For all those romance writers out there, this article is very helpful by dissecting the meat and bones of writing...

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Articles / On Writing

Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Elements of a Subplot   We have previously discussed the elements of plot, but I’m going to give you a quick refresher. There are five basic elements of plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Exposition is back story. Rising action is the action leading up to the climax. This is where the story builds. The climax of the story...

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Today on Divas Recommend, we chose this article by author A.M. Harte called The 4 Basic Elements of a Story. Why, you may ask? Well, when the first few words are “Writing is like baking a cake,” I’m pretty much sold. So go read about how this author compares creating a story to baking a cake. Enjoy!


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In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Divas are discussing the good and the bad about the bestselling genre in the world. Romance! It’s a genre that reviewers love to nitpick and readers are embarrassed to admit that they like, but even through all the hate, it’s a genre that endures. Today, we’ve brought the Divas together to answer a few questions and share their insights...

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Articles / On Editing

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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On Writing

Plot and Genre What’s the difference? A plot is a sequence of events that make up a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. Sounds simple enough, right? Author E. M. Forester illustrated this with a simple comparison. Take a basic story, such as, “The king died and then the queen died.”  We don’t have much of a plot, certainly not one that would...

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