Category Archives: Plotting

Three Places Where You Should Tell Instead of Show

Seeming to run counter to the traditional advice, there are moments when telling is the absolute best thing to do.



Most Common Writing Mistakes: Poor Cause and Effect

Cause and effect are some of the touchstones of good fiction, however not using them correctly or effectively can do more harm than good.


When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality

Our writing often gives us chances to sort out what we are experiencing in our daily lives. Channeling our feelings through our words helps us to concretely express them in ways that help us to make sense of them.


How to Mess Up Your Lead Character’s Ordinary Day

Making life difficult for our main characters is the lifeblood of the conflict and suspense that drives our stories. Here are some tips on how to that in some really excellent ways from James Scott Bell.


How to outline a book without killing the fun of writing it.

Too often when talking about outlining a writer will complain, “but then I’ll know how it ends and lose interest.” Here are some tips on how to keep the interest and the fun in it from Roz Morris.