Saturday, June 26, 2010

Writing Tip

This week I have been struggling with writer's block. I have a great start to a couple of different stories, but I'm stuck on where to go with them. I have decided I need to outline / plot out my story so that I know where I need it to go in order to write the scenes to get the story to it's resolution.

I posted a help question on a group site, Authors Incognito, asking for ideas on how to outline / plot a novel, and the following advice led me to a great idea. One of the ladies told me that an author by the name, Dan Wells, author of "I'm Not a Serial Killer" had a presentation on story structure. I followed her link to a website that led me to a youtube video presentation. I watched all 5 videos and I think I have found my solution. I love the idea of the 7 point system for outlining.

1. Hook
2. Plot Turn 1
3. Pinch 1
4. Midpoint
5. Pinch 2
6. Plot Turn 2
7. Resolution.

I'm excited now because I have a skeleton to build from and I think this will allow me to really dive deep into getting my stories from my head to page.

If your interested, Dan Wells' presentation is very entertaining, insightful and educational in regards to writing.
Check out youtube : Type in the search box: Dan Wells on Story Structure, there are 5 parts. They are great!

Love Always,


  1. Isn't authors incoginito awesome! They give you such great advice when you are stuck.

  2. You are so right! I really loved Dan Wells presentation. Since this post, I now have a 4 plot matrix breakdown, so I'm feeling like I have a map that will get me to my destination. Finally!