Building A World Without Going Insane

If you think the title is over the top, you’ve either never suffered from Worldbuilder’s Disease, lucky you (and yes, it’s a real affliction!), or your story takes place in this world, which just sits there, ready-made for the risk-averse writer. Just kidding. Even if your story takes place in the so-called “real world,” you …

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Finding True Love For Your Character – by Laura Ingermann

Love. It’s such a mysterious thing. And it isn’t any easier to find in your own story, which is kind of odd, isn’t it - after all, you’re the plot god; it’s your world, your creatures, and if you say ‘Now kiss!’, sparks should be flying, and rainbows should be shooting out of... clouds, and …

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WHY YOUR STORY’S PREMISE AND CONCEPT AREN’T THE SAME THING – by Lauren Ingermann

Just as there is yin and yang, pantsers and plotters, so there are also two kinds of writing... let’s call them “zones.” The one zone is clear and structured, with lots of rules and tips and worksheets to fill out. Story structure comes to mind, with its plot points and pinch points and percentages to …

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The Exploration Draft – by Laura Ingermann

The most common distinction writers like to make among themselves is plotters vs pantsers. Epitome of originality that I am, I found another distinction much more interesting: knitters vs. sewers. Yes, that’s right, I’m still talking about writers, even though I borrowed these terms from the fabric-crafting folks. I hate knitting; I just don’t have …

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