Friday, November 18, 2011

Story Structure

Author Alexandra Sokoloff offers great tips for writers on her blog, especially on story structure.

Here are two story structure checklists to help you hit all the right elements at the right time in your plot. Really great for revising, or when you're stuck. Both checklists contain basically the same info, just presented in different ways:

Narrative structure cheat sheet

Story elements checklist

Check out her blog for complete explanations of each of the elements in her lists. Tons of great info, plus story analysis and breakdowns.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Carrie Ryan's Zombie Trilogy

I really liked the first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I loved, loved, loved the last two, The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places. Just beautiful writing and rich, emotionally satisfying stories.

The trailers for all three books:


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Writing Tips

from author Nicola Morgan

Anyone who is writing a book should read this post. Great advice and reminders, no matter what stage you're at: Crabbit's Tips for Writers - 1: On Writing Fiction 

And a new way to tackle the dreaded synopsis: The key to a synopsis is to forget your book