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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

Understanding Story Structure – Part 1: Global Structure
Story Structure / Writing Lessons

Understanding Story Structure – Part 1: Global Structure

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky If there is one thing you should learn before embarking on writing your first novel, it is story structure. Bookstores and the internet abound with all sorts of guidance on how to structure your novel, build your plot, engineer your story. With all of that information, sometimes it is a good idea to … Continue reading