Understanding Story Arcs

There’s nothing like crawling around the kitchen floor–marker in hand–to understand a book’s true structure. In my case, I map out arcs for every character. What’s an “arc”? Good question, because it’s a bit confusing. Sometimes you’ll hear “ARC” and it means “Advance Review Copy” for a book that has not yet been published. Other times,Continue reading “Understanding Story Arcs”

Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot

Two of the best writing tips I ever got were from Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked during a workshop she gave many years ago at the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. When we entered the classroom there was a basket covered with a cloth. “What’s in the basket?” we all wondered for the first five minutesContinue reading “Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot”