Tips to master your story’s beginning. Character, setting, voice, action, and the first sentence all work together to draw your reader into your story.
Your mystery balances on the character triangle of victim, villain, and sleuth. Each must be equally strong for your story to work.
What to do when a character starts taking over your story.
Planning makes writing go faster. But sometimes it feels as though you’re trying to squeeze your story into a plot structure. You are overthinking your story.
A reversal at the midpoint points toward narrowing the focus in the second half of the middle.
How to develop Act 2 in the four-act structure to expand your story and get readers invested in the story.
Techniques for balancing plot and character by planning and then writing scene-by-scene.
Three proven ways to kickstart each writing session so you don’t waste time staring at a blank page.
How to build tension and heighten reader engagement with moral choices.
The genre differences between mystery, suspense, and thriller. Plus ten mystery elements you need to include in your mystery novel.