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Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Knowing when (and if) to give up on your novel

Just over a year ago, I put some space between me and Divided Elements. I had hit a major stumbling block with my writing process and the time away allowed me to gain the perspective I needed to both reignite my passion for the story and identify the flaws that were holding it back. Armed with these two … Continue reading

Five Turning Points and the Gaps Between – All you need to know about Story Structure in one blog post
Story Structure

Five Turning Points and the Gaps Between – All you need to know about Story Structure in one blog post

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky I think about story structure. A lot. I’ve read countless books and studied hundreds of movies to gain a deeper understanding of narrative structure. I’ve reviewed the classic philosophies of act, scene and beat structure – from the Three Act Structure, to the Eight Sequences, and beyond to the 15 Beats. There is a … Continue reading

After the First Draft – the difference between an edit, revision and re-write
Editing / My Writing Journey

After the First Draft – the difference between an edit, revision and re-write

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky So, I finished the first draft of Divided Elements last month. And, no, I didn’t celebrate. Which surprised me, because after a year of slaving away to beat this story out of my psyche, I was all kinds of ready to celebrate. But, when you are faced with the final product in … Continue reading

The Quick Six – With CP Patrick
Indie Authors

The Quick Six – With CP Patrick

Welcome to this week’s The Quick Six – an ongoing series of posts, where I interview independent authors on their self-publishing stories, using six quick questions to gain insight into their processes, thoughts and works. This week, I’m interviewing CP Patrick, a fiction and fantasy author hailing from Washington DC, with qualifications in African Studies and Law, and debut author … Continue reading

The Quick Six – with Sara Whitford
Indie Authors

The Quick Six – with Sara Whitford

Welcome to this week’s The Quick Six – an ongoing series of posts, where I interview independent authors on their self-publishing stories, using six quick questions to gain insight into their processes, thoughts and works. This week, I’m interviewing Sara Whitford – a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom living on the North Carolina coast, who also juggles work as a web designer … Continue reading

Understanding Story Structure – Part 2: Macro Structure
Story Structure / Writing Lessons

Understanding Story Structure – Part 2: Macro Structure

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