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Understanding Story Structure – Part 2
Story Structure / Writing Lessons

Understanding Story Structure – Part 2

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Earlier this week I began discussing story structure – looking at the macro structure of entire novels and their component Acts. You’ll remember from the last post that I described story structure as a Russian Doll – the novel structure replicating itself in miniature with each of the smaller dolls it held inside. With … Continue reading

The Quick Six – Interviewing Indie Authors on their Self-Publishing Journey
Indie Authors

The Quick Six – Interviewing Indie Authors on their Self-Publishing Journey

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky As you all know, I am keen to self-publish my debut novel, Divided Elements: Resistance. I get a lot of inspiration from other authors who are going down the same path and I thought it would be great if I could tap into (and share) their unique and fascinating forays into the self-publishing world. And so, … Continue reading

Whose Story Is This, Anyway? : Selecting the right POV for your novel
Point of View / Writing Lessons

Whose Story Is This, Anyway? : Selecting the right POV for your novel

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Selecting the right Point of View (POV) for your book can be tricky. If you are anything like me, your stories are full of interesting characters who could all tell the tale of your narrative with interesting results. So, how do you select the right character? How do you choose who will … Continue reading

Books = Stories about stuff happening
Story Structure / Writing Lessons

Books = Stories about stuff happening

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Books are a lot of things, but mostly they are stories about stuff that happens. They are not monologues or dialogues, long transcripts of people just talking. They are not detailed descriptions of static environments, lovingly crafted words about what things look like or how they smell. (Not that these things don’t have … Continue reading

The only two things your protagonist needs to be…
Character Development

The only two things your protagonist needs to be…

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky What makes an effective protagonist? There are a lot of theories out there that list a number of critical characteristics, but I think they confuse an effective protagonist with an effective plot. The protagonist is the main character of your story. The plot is what happens to, around and because of your protagonist. And … Continue reading