The Authorpreneur Blog
Amelia D. Hay is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers and the host of The Authorpeneur Podcast. Every week, on this blog, she will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. In her, Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.
At the start of January, I shared with you my revision plan for my thriller novella, Missing. It’s been almost a month since that show. So, I’ve decided to share with you a short revision update where I will share a break down of what I achieved in terms of revising a novella. And, I will also share four lessons I’ve learned over the first three weeks of revising Missing, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes.
So, you’ve reached the climactic sequence, and you’re wondering how to make these final scenes the most dramatic part of your novel; the answer is simple, by including a hero at the mercy of the villain scene. At this point, you’ve probably got a few questions floating around your mind. What is the hero at the mercy of the villain scene? Where does this scene sit within the climactic sequence? And, is this scene appropriate for my story?
I’m going to share with you my writing goals or intentions for 2019 now, in January; and a mid-year update around June or July. There will be a final review at the beginning of 2020 where I will look back at 2019 and hopefully have good news to share with you. In the tradition of the Podcast Diary episodes, I will give you regular updates; however, these updates won’t be as formal as the planned update episodes.
So, you’ve reached the third act of your novel, and you’re wondering how to write an unforgettable climactic moment. The real secret is in the building up to this climactic moment in the third act. I remember that feeling I got when I reached the start of the third act for the first thriller that I wrote; I was so excited. This probably sounds a little dramatic, but I could almost hear the hallelujah chorus. As I’ve recently discovered reaching the end of the story, is where the real work starts, no matter how great you are at outlining. But, you’re not here for revision tips, you want to know how to write the climactic sequence of a novel.
As you can probably tell by the super spoiler title of this show, I will be revising my thriller novella, Missing over a thirty-one-day period. And, in this episode, I’m going to break down my plans to revise in a month, and the exact steps I plan to take during this revision period.
As I was writing the script for the episode on the climactic sequence, I realised that I need to talk about how to choose the right ending for your story before discussing the topic. I had planned on discussing story endings in season two but, in the final hour, I decided to bring this subject forward. So, how do you chose the right ending for your story?
So, I’m back after another podcasting hiatus, yay! And, I have an update on writing and podcasting related news that I can’t wait to share with you. I also want to discuss a few changes to the podcast and how I plan on structuring the episodes. Going forward, I aim to be more transparent about changes to the podcast and any reasons for long sabbaticals. Without, further adieu, let’s get started.
This episode of my behind the scenes podcast diary is going to be a casual writing update because it’s been a while since the last episode. The break was due to my recent trip to Australia as well as travel-related tiredness. When I got back, I found my backlog of work hard to manage. As a result, I realised that I couldn’t do it all.
As a first time writer, it can be all too easy to shoot for the stars and create a long and complex story that ends up reaching well over 100,000 words. This long story usually takes several years to write and even longer to revise before you hand it over to an editor. You convince yourself that this is the way things are and it usually takes a long time to write your first novel. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, you’ve read that correctly your first piece of fiction doesn’t have to take you many years to write.
So, you’ve reached the start of the third act of your outline or in your first draft, and you’re not sure how to propel your protagonist from the second act to the third act. There is a scene in story structure that creates a doorway or a transition between the final two acts. It’s generally referred to as the second turning point, second plot point, or the Dark Night of the Soul. If this is coming you’re struggling with as you’re writing your first draft or brainstorming your story outline, then this episode is for you. In this episode, I will discuss, the essential elements, and provide five tips on how to write a compelling Dark Night of the Soul scene.