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The Beat Sheet Deep Dive: Act II pt 2

We are examining the beat sheet in detail. This is the second part of our dive into the second act. The second act is where we find the bulk of the story. We’re at the point of a plot twist.

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The Beat Sheet Deep Dive: Act II pt 1

Welcome to the next part of our deep dive into the beat sheet. We’ve looked at the beats that make up the first act. Now it’s time for the second act. This is where things get real for the main

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The Beat Sheet Deep Dive: Act I

The next beat is to state the theme. This needs to be subtle. Don’t have anyone in the story say it aloud, so to speak. Show it. Don’t tell the reader. No one in life says my life is about

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The Beat Sheet: An Overview

When you are starting a story, you need to know approximately where things should happen. It helps you to maintain the pacing of your story. There is a great tool for this process — the beat sheet. I use a

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Managing Your Writing Time

If you are like me, you are juggling a lot of ideas, written drafts, brainstorming, and other writing tasks. You may feel as though there isn’t enough time to deal with it all. It is easy to manage your tasks

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Creating Believable Characters

Characters can be fun to create. You want your heroes to be heroic and your villains to be villainous. Right? Of course. In the real world, though, no one is all good or all bad. Humans are a mixture of

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Brainstorming Tools: The Journal

If you are like me, you keep a journal. Most writers do. I use mine for a lot of things. It records my thoughts. It lets me write drafts of stories, notes on various aspects of stories and characters. It’s

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Planning A Fiction Series

Sometimes the story you want to tell is too big for a single book to cover. That’s when you need to create a series. To plan a series, you need to plan each book in advance. You can do this

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Planning Your Story

Whether you outline or not, you need to do some planning when you write a story. It’s a good idea. Plotters have their stories mapped out on paper. Pantsers have their story maps in their heads. But they all need

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Making And Meeting Self-imposed Deadlines

Deadlines are a scourge. That’s how most of us view them. They are necessary evils that keep us on track. That’s the better way to view them. I advocate setting a deadline for yourself. I do that and I find

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