Find the shape of your story
Pick up one of the books you really like – it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction. Skim through it again, or just refresh yourself by looking at the table of contents or chapter headings (if applicable). Think of the shape and try out various sketches, until you feel you’ve captured a diagram that represents how it’s put together.
Now do that with another book.
And now shift to trying it for your own work! Sketch until you find a shape that satisfies your story. If your work isn’t finished, sketch what you’ve told, then sketch how you want your work to proceed.
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Shaping the flow of writing
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Subjective third person narrative
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Finding your Antagonistic Antagonist
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Creating an Antagonistic Antagonist
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Flip the Scene
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6 Tips on Writing Queer Fiction
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