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How to Plot a Story (Even If Plotting Scares You Silly): 7 Sure-Fire Ways

how to plot a storyCan a story work without a structure?

Of course not.

But a structure itself is not a plot.

A structure is a Holiday Inn. A plot is a Gaudi cathedral. It has twists, turrets, flying buttresses…

So how do we find a plot?

The instinctive way is to start with a strong idea, incident or character. Introduce conflict. Then see what happens.

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Scared to Write What You Really Think? Why it Will Make You a Better Writer

write what you really thinkThe memory still sends shivers down your spine. Maybe it was a post you wrote on Facebook or on your own blog. You hit Enter or Publish, congratulated yourself, and moved on to your next task. An hour later, a reply! And the first three words were… How dare you Your heart started beating a mile a minute.

No Time, No Money, No Motivation to Write? Here’s What to Do

ZZ4D09932AWhy aren’t you writing? I’ll bet you have a host of reasons lined up. You’re ill, you’re busy, your writing stinks, your house is a mess, your kids are a pain, and you don’t have any time, money, or motivation. Writing is important to you—but it’s also scary. I get that! You risk embarrassment, failure and the scorn of your friends and family.

What Are YOU Writing?

what-writing-400What are you working on right now? Please share YOUR writing with us here at WTD. So what are you writing? A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you're writing about.

How To Soar Like An Eagle As A Writer

Soar like an eagle post image 300Do you wonder why some writers soar in their careers while others never get off the ground? We all like to think that luck has much to do with why writers soar in their careers. Listen to any interview by a famous writer and you’ll hear about their lucky break. But that’s not the full story. Because they create their own luck. But it isn’t just luck. It’s something else, too.

Get More Subscribers With These 7 Post Types

get more subscribersIt’s not easy being a startup blogger. You don’t have much of a subscriber list yet. You post and post, and not much happens. Nobody seems to care enough to actually put in their email and sign up. Know how to bust out of this? How to Get More Blog Subscribers

20 Hot Tips On How To Write the Perfect Pitch

write the perfect pitchRaise your hand if you want to know a perfect method of landing a guest post, article, or even the perfect job. Here are 20 key points on how to write the perfect pitch Follow these twenty key points and you'll land your perfect opportunity without fail.

5 Elements for Crafting a Compelling Story Your Audience Will Love

captivate readersAs a writer, you want people to pay attention to what you have to say… But with people processing over 100,000 digital words every day, you’ve got your work cut out. With so much clutter and noise, how can you possibly stand out and get your words noticed? This article will give you the answer.

What Is The Story Behind This Image? (Creative Writing Exercise)

what is the story 300It's time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity. Take a look at the image above. What's the story? Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Creating Author Websites: The Definitive Guide

[caption id="attachment_17162" align="alignright" width="300"]creating author websites Woman sketching a social network on virtual screen[/caption] If you want to be discovered as a writer, there’s an important question you need to consider. Can agents, publishers and readers find you? The bitter truth is, if you can't be found, nobody can discover you. In this post, you'll learn how to be found by creating an author website.