How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending, Climax, Endings, Plot Threads, Subplots, Writing Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Climax, Endings, Plot Threads, Subplots, Writing Your Novel

How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It can be difficult to tie up all your loose threads if you can’t remember them. One way to keep these under control is to make lists to remind yourself of what’s left to do. Another is to write your ending first, then work in your threads wherever they work best.… Continue reading How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending

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6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel, Planning Your Novel, Outlining, Plotting, Renea Guenther
Outlining, Planning Your Novel, Plotting

6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Every story follows a basic structure. This has been true since the beginning of time and applies to all forms of storytelling, from a story passed verbally through the generations to that of our modern-day novels. It is second nature to us to get lost in a story when it follows… Continue reading 6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel

How to Create Characters the Easy Way, Planning Your Novel, Character Creation, Renea Guenther
Character Creation, Planning Your Novel

How to Create Characters the Easy Way

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A story can’t exist without characters. But with all the different character creation lists out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. For me, that starting point is first knowing the role the character is going to play in the story. Once I know that, picking character traits… Continue reading How to Create Characters the Easy Way

How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers, Planning Your Novel, World-Building, Setting, Writing Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Planning Your Novel, Setting, World-Building, Writing Your Novel

How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther If we want our world to come alive in our readers’ minds, we have to make it feel real. This is particularly important for those creating worlds that live only in the imagination. If the reader cannot picture the world, they will not feel connected to the story or its events.… Continue reading How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers

How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme, Story Development, Theme, Planning Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Theme

How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A book should be about more than plot and characters. Every writer wants our stories to be about something important to us and how we view the world. A message the reader walks away with that imparts a deeper meaning to how they view their own lives. We hope it’ll change… Continue reading How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme

15 Questions to Choose the Best Story, Ideas, Choosing a Story, Premise, Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel, Premise, Story Development

15 Questions to Choose the Best Story

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther If you’re anything like me, at this point you may have turned several ideas into strong premises. They all seem interesting, or you wouldn’t have taken the time to write them down. So, which one should you spend the next several weeks (or months) writing? You don’t want to be halfway… Continue reading 15 Questions to Choose the Best Story

How to Craft a Strong Premise For Your Novel, Premise, Planning Your Novel, First Drafts, Writing Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
First Drafts, Planning Your Novel, Premise, Story Development, Writing Your Novel

How to Build a Powerful Premise in 6 Easy Steps

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It can be exciting to start writing a new novel. You have a fresh idea, you can picture your characters, and you’ve begun imagining cool scenes to use in your story. The only problem is: it’s all in your head. There’s still a lot of work to do before you can… Continue reading How to Build a Powerful Premise in 6 Easy Steps

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Three), Brainstorming, Ideas, Choosing a Story, Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
Brainstorming, Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel, Story Development

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Three)

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Over the past couple of weeks, we've talked about brainstorming techniques we can use to gather ideas and how to increase our creativity. In our final week of this series, we're going to discuss how to bring everything into one cohesive idea we can turn into a story. At this point, we've… Continue reading Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Three)

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Two), Brainstorming, Ideas, Choosing a Story, Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
Brainstorming, Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel, Story Development

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Two)

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Last week we spoke of brainstorming techniques we can use to gather ideas. This week we're going to talk about things you can do in your everyday life to relax your mind and release your creativity. Sometimes the harder we try, the more difficult it is to find the solution. Letting… Continue reading Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part Two)

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part One), Brainstorming, Ideas, Choosing a Story, Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
Brainstorming, Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel, Story Development

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part One)

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Now you know your genre, but you still have to figure out the story. You can't just throw in a dragon or some magic and expect to call it a fantasy without having a plot, character, and setting. Your story needs meaning, or it's nothing but crap thrown on a page.… Continue reading Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part One)