TAP047, What is a Story Beat? | How to Write Great Scenes

TAP047, What is a Story Beat? | How to Write Great Scenes

As I wrote the outline and script for the episode on value shifts, I realised that there is a smaller unit of story that I need to discuss that’s integral to understanding value shifts or how a scene turns. So, I considered adding it to that episode but soon discovered that the final version of the episode would be too long. That’s why, I created this hopefully, short bonus show, where I discuss what is a story beat. And how you can use them to create better scenes.

TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

If you’re the kind of writer that needs to outline every scene, then you need to be aware of the types of cliffhangers and how to effectively use them to create a page turning effect and not turn readers away. In fact there is more than one type of cliffhanger—there’s four. So, in this episode, I’ll unpack the four types of cliffhangers in fiction so that you can avoid the common pitfalls and end your scenes with cliffhangers in a way that keeps the reader turning the page.

BTS053, The 100th Podcast Episode: Ask Me Anything on Writing, Revision, Editing, and Self Publishing

BTS053, The 100th Podcast Episode: Ask Me Anything on Writing, Revision, Editing, and Self Publishing

In the spirit of celebrating the 100th episode milestone, I’m going answer the top questions asked by my Blog Readers, YouTube Subscribers, and Podcast Listeners, and questions asked through my Ask A Question form on my website.

TAP043, A Tale of Two Novels: My Experience Writing into the Dark

TAP043, A Tale of Two Novels: My Experience Writing into the Dark

In February, I finished my experiment with writing into the dark, and I’ll discuss how I achieved this, along with the response of my favourite beta reader. As you’ve come to expect, I will share my writing stats, days, time, word count and the step-by-step process that I used. Now that I’ve mentioned that, it’s crucial that I point out that I’m following Dean Wesley Smith’s Writing Into the Dark method, which he teaches in a course and in a book. I highly recommend that you check out both of these options if you’re interested in learning this writing into the dark technique.

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