How to Structure a Novel: Six Types of Narrative Structure and Which is Best for Your Story

You’ve created an imaginary world and populated it with well-rounded characters. You’ve pinpointed the conflict and dreamed up a gratifying conclusion. But how do you knit it all together into a satisfying story? Narrative structure is the scaffolding that holds your story together. Think of it as a wire form over which you can papier-mâchéContinue reading “How to Structure a Novel: Six Types of Narrative Structure and Which is Best for Your Story”

How to Publish Your Novel: Part 3

Years ago, when I first thought I might become a published author someday, I started researching how to achieve my goals. What I found was completely overwhelming. I needed an agent, but there were thousands of them. Each of them wanted different documents I had never heard of. Query? Synopsis? What? In this series, I’mContinue reading “How to Publish Your Novel: Part 3”

How to Publish Your Novel: Part 2

Years ago, when I first thought I might become a published author someday, I started researching how to achieve my goals. What I found was completely overwhelming. I needed an agent, but there were thousands of them. Each of them wanted different documents I had never heard of. Query? Synopsis? What? In this series, I’mContinue reading “How to Publish Your Novel: Part 2”

How to Publish Your Novel: Part 1

Years ago, when I first thought I might become a published author someday, I started researching how to achieve my goals. What I found was completely overwhelming. I needed an agent, but there were thousands of them. Each of them wanted different documents I had never heard of. Query? Synopsis? What? In this series, I’mContinue reading “How to Publish Your Novel: Part 1”

Critique Partner vs. Beta Reader: What’s the difference?

Critique partners and beta readers are NOT the same. You need both. Critique partners are writers. Often, two writers will share manuscripts for constructive criticism. Your critique partner(s) will tell you your story’s strengths and weaknesses and help you work through fixing plot holes, flat/shallow characters, and other structural issues. Beta readers are, you guessedContinue reading “Critique Partner vs. Beta Reader: What’s the difference?”