Developing an ensemble cast

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on July 8, 2019. Unless you’re writing a literal Man vs. Self plot, your story is going to have at least two characters. Conflict! Romance! Betrayal! The internet is littered with infographics about the twenty characters you must have, articles about how…

Writing a Serial (when you haven’t finished it yet)

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on March 29, 2019. Small edits have been made. I’ll be speaking from my own experience of writing and publishing a serialized novel, Fidele*. I’ll also refer to other well-known series for examples, the Harry Potter series and A Song of Ice…

Plotting using seven plot points

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on Feb. 26, 2019. Small edits have been made. When it comes to plotting methods, there are as many examples as there are writers. I’ve played around with numerous methods over the years, trying to find one that works for me, and…