Subplots: Color coding.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

You don’t want a subplot wandering off and disappearing. A low-tech way to check subplots.

Subplots and how to use them.

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Done correctly, subplots add significant value to your novel. Here are some ideas.

Creating subplots that work

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

A subplot is like the compact car next to the standard model; it has many of the same features, but it’s tinier.

POV: The gang’s all here.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Sometimes a book has to be written from multiple POV. How to do it without losing your mind or your way.

POV: One plus one

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Adding another POV character can be tricky. Here’s how to do it and why.

POV: Through her/his eyes only

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Seeing the world through your main character’s eyes.

Flash forward — when to backtrack.

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Every character has a story that started someplace else. How to drop little bits from the past into the present.

Toning the midsection: Plotting

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Just like people, this section can be flabby. Here are some plotting tips for keeping the middle of your novel tight.

From Here to Partway There: plotting the first 3rd.

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

You’ve figured out the ending and the plot points it takes to get there. Now it’s time to plot out the beginning third.

Connecting the dots: Plotting the last 3rd

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

What happens…just before?    Plotting the final 3rd of your novel, starting at your last scene.