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3 Reasons You Should Write in Scenes vs. Chapters

What are the differences between scenes and chapters?
 
Should each scene be its own chapter? Or can a chapter have multiple scenes?
 
These are questions I get from writers all the time. So, if you’ve ever felt confused over scenes versus chapters, you’re not...
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How to Figure Out the Shape of Your Story

How do you organize your ideas so that you can write a story that works?

What if you’re just starting out and your idea hasn’t quite taken it’s full shape yet?

There’s a lot of advice out there when it comes to starting a story the “right way.” You can find a...

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How to Outline Your Novel with the Hero’s Journey

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use the Hero’s Journey to map out your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the Hero’s Journey, it’s a popular story structure template that subdivides the beginning, middle, and end of a story into 12 stages. Each...

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How to Outline a Romance Novel

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to write a well-structured romance novel using the Three Act Structure.

The first thing you’ll want to do when planning any novel is to decide upon a target word count. The average length of a romance novel is 80,000 words, so...

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How to Outline Your Novel with Save the Cat!

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Beat Sheet to plot your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with Blake Snyder’s work, the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet is a popular story structure template that subdivides the...

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How to Test an Idea Before Writing the First Draft

How do you know if the idea you have is strong enough to support a full-length novel?

Is there a way to know the difference between a good idea and one that's better left in your idea folder? 

If so, can you do this before spending all that time writing the first draft?

The...

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