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Protagonist & Plot Problems – The 3 types of problems in stories
My Writing Journey / Writing Lessons

Protagonist & Plot Problems – The 3 types of problems in stories

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky So, we’ve figured out that stories are about stuff happening. And the best kind of stuff happening is the stuff that happens because of a problem. Problems are what are driving your story forward – they provide tension, intrigue, character development and (by necessity of requiring a solution) they provide momentum. Problems should … Continue reading

My Writing Journey / Story Structure / Writing Lessons

Starting your novel – Your protagonist needs a problem

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky I recently had a moment of enlightenment regarding this whole writing a book thing. The start of a story occurs at the start. Yes, you read that correctly. The start of a story occurs at the start. Many of you would argue that it is not much of an enlightenment. But, for me, it was a big … Continue reading

How to start your novel – The first part of the first act
First Drafts / My Writing Journey / Story Structure

How to start your novel – The first part of the first act

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Starting a novel is no easy task. The problem with beginnings is that they are all about set-up, and set-up can very easily turn into boring exposition, unnecessary backstory and painful info-dumping. When I think about the beginning of a story, I think about the first part of the first act – what I like … Continue reading

Writing Lessons

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