Anne Greenwood Brown explains the sidekick character. The sidekick always wants to follow the main character because it is exciting to do so, but that sidekick must have a purpose, a knowledge or something important that the main character needs and wouldn’t have without them. The main character may not realize, yet, that the sidekick […]
Betrayal is always going to be worse if it’s your best friend. Always think: how can I make this more awful? No one is born evil, but something happens that turns the villain into the person they are. A villain is always better if they are not 100% evil – perhaps they have a dog […]
Anne Greenwood Brown says that you have to be super mean to your characters and make them suffer. The more you make them suffer, the better your story will be. Brainstorm bad, horrible things that could happen to your characters, and then order them in ascending horribleness.
Anne Greenwood Brown explains that pacing for a modern plot remains the same whether you are writing a short story, novel or screenplay. Most stories break into three acts. Act I is 25% of the story, Act II is 50%, Act III 25%. Using a beat sheet can be a helpful tool, but also a […]
Writers tend to identify themselves as either “plotters” or “pantsers.” “Plotters,” like Anne Greenwood Brown, map out their plot and know exactly where they are going with the story. “Pantsers” fly by the seat of the pants and allow the story to emerge as they write it. There are plusses and minuses to both. […]
Stillwater Native American Parent Advisory CommitteeOnline Resources for Educators, Parents and FamiliesDecember 2017EducationMinnesota Department of Education, Indian Educationhttp://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/indian/The Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, provides information, resources, support and oversight to district, charter, and tribal contract schools throughout the state of Minnesota…Our goal is to provide meaningful, intentional, and targeted educational opportunities to […]
Plot emerges out of the actions of characters, and author Andy Hueller provides tips on how to develop conflict to make your novel a page-turning experience. Andy Hueller has written several titles including HOW I GOT RICH WRITING C PAPERS, SKIPPING STONES, DIZZY FANTASTIC and SLINGERS.
Student hosts Rebecca and Jill consider the Harry Potter series and explain how J.K. Rowling builds both internal and external conflict into her stories. Warning: huge spoiler alert. Don’t listen to unless you’ve read the series. 🙂
Author David Arndt provides insight on how to write dialogue in a historical setting and shares the steps his book Grimm Patriot advanced through to develop from paper pad to published novel.