by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your story’s ending is the final determination of whether the reader will go on to read more of your books or move on to another writer. It’s the point the readers have all been waiting for, where the core conflict ends in a final showdown between the hero and villain. It… Continue reading How to Avoid Weak Endings
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The middle of a story can be one of the hardest parts to write. It’s easy to spend most of our time perfecting the beginning and end because they are the parts that will decide whether the reader will buy our book or continue to the next one. But it’s easy… Continue reading How to Write a Strong Middle
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The inciting event is a critical part of the story. It is the defining moment where your protagonist is drawn into the core conflict. Its placement will vary depending on what genre you write and how much setup is needed beforehand, but one thing holds consistent, it always happens somewhere in… Continue reading How to Put Your Inciting Event in the Proper Location
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Beginnings need to cover a lot of material in a short space of time. We need to introduce the characters and their world, the story needs to be set up, the plot needs to be set in motion. And we only have a handful of chapters to do it. That’s a… Continue reading Does Your Novel Have a Strong Beginning?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your opening scene is the deciding factor in whether people read your book or not. If it doesn’t capture your reader’s attention in the first couple pages, more than likely, they’ll put your book down and go find another. With the speed of today’s world, people no longer have the time… Continue reading How to Create a Strong Opening Scene
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Whether to have a prologue or not is a debate for many writers. Nowadays its usage is not as common as it used to be. The opinion among writers today is the prologue is unnecessary and detracts from the story. Readers’ attention spans are getting shorter as technology develops and the… Continue reading How to Know When to Keep a Prologue
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Writing a series is a long and difficult process. There are so many things we must keep straight between each book it can be easy to get lost or frustrated. But tackling the three major problems you will run into will make the process easier. Plot It can be tempting to… Continue reading How to Overcome the Challenges of Writing a Series
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Creating a character arc on top of a plot and possibly subplots can seem like more work than is needed. But the purpose of a character arc is to help your readers form an emotional connection with the character. If your readers can’t relate to your protagonist’s struggles, they won’t care… Continue reading How to Establish a Character Arc for Your Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther While those who follow their characters wherever they choose to go will find plenty of holes to fill during revisions, even those who outline are bound to find a plot hole or two. Once we start writing it’s easy to get caught up in the story and run with the flow… Continue reading How to Fix Your Plot Holes With 5 Easy Questions
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Almost everyone gets writer’s block. Whether it is finding the right words, fleshing out a scene, or knowing what to write next. We all face it. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks and, in rare cases, even longer. For most people, this just means they… Continue reading Does Your Writer’s Block Have You Stuck?