(This book is part of Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft)
Fix the plot and story structure problems holding your manuscript back!
A great plot will pique reader interest and make them want to know what happens next, but predictable plots can lose them after a few chapters. Make sure your plot keeps those readers hooked.
Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through plot and story structure-related issues, such as wandering plots; a lack of scene structure; no goals, conflicts, or stakes; low tension; no hooks; and slow pacing. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems.
With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you:
- Create unpredictable plots that keep readers guessing
- Find the right beginning and setup for your story
- Avoid the boggy, aimless middle
- Develop compelling hooks to build tension in every scene
- Craft strong goals, conflicts, and stakes to grab readers
- Determine the best pacing and narrative drive for your story
Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems starts every workshop with an analysis to pinpoint problem areas and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to:
- Develop a strong and effective revision plan
- Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses
- Spot common red-flag words for problem areas
- Determine the best way to revise
Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems is an easy-to-follow guide to crafting gripping plots and novels that are impossible to put down.
About the Author
Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. She writes both fiction and nonfiction.
Her nonfiction books include the Skill Builders series: Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It) and Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means), and the Foundations of Fiction series: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel; its companion guide, Planning Your Novel Workbook; and Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft.
She’s also the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall, from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book for its 2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2011) and The Truman Award (2011).
Janice lives in Central Florida with her husband, one yard zombie, two cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel.
Visit her author’s site at janicehardy.com for more information, or visit fiction-university.com to learn more about writing.
Follow her at @Janice_Hardy for writing links.