Master Plotting

Part III

By DiAnn Mills @diannmills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are a mix of both. Organic writing allows the character to lead the way in the story with a heavy emphasis on wants, needs, desires, […]

Mastering Plot: Part II

By DiAnn Mills @DiannMills   Welcome to the second blog of Mastering Plot. On June 29th, we talked about: The writer’s goals in establishing a dynamic story. Developing unique characters. Showing how characters lead the way in plot The value of forming a story idea In today’s post, we’ll talk about how the opening hook […]

Mastering Plot: Part 1

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plot is defined as the series of events in your story. It’s also called the storyline. While that may sound simple, mastering plot takes time, imagination, and knowing our characters inside and out. A storyline is filled with action and chronologically propels the story forward. Today’s blog is Part I of […]

Characteristics that Determine a Heroine

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills How do you determine the heroine in your novels? Discovering who my female character is and what matters to her takes time and patience. She’s not a victim, although she might have been in the past. Because of that critical experience, she’s changed and grown into a survivor who’s strong and […]

When Do I Need A Writing Coach?

By DiAnn Mills @diannmills C.S. Lewis did not write behind closed doors and hide his manuscripts from the rest of the world. Rather he and other renowned Christian friends formed the Inklings, a group destined to encourage each other in spiritual and writing disciplines. They read their work aloud and met for almost twenty years. […]

What are Your Writing Questions?

By DiAnn Mills and Edie Melson @DiAnn Mills @Edie Melson A successful writer achieves bestselling status by constantly improving her writing skills. She sets aside time to study the craft with valuable information destined to not only keep her sales high but also to challenge her best to be even better. Edie and I want […]

10 Ways to Deepen the Craft of Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers want to see our manuscripts published. We work hard on blogs, articles, devotions, fiction, and nonfiction projects. And we are always looking for new techniques to strengthen our message. The following 10 suggestions can help every writer create a more powerful project. Develop three sentences describing the writing project. […]

The Fiction Class for Everyone

by Lindsey Brackett @LindsBrac You’ve got your highlighters and your spreadsheets and your list of potential meetings. This year the BRMCWC class offerings are so good, you’re probably having trouble deciding. You’re probably thinking if you primarily write fiction, you shouldn’t make time for a class about freelancing. Or if you primarily write non-fiction, you […]

Plotting Success for the Pro Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are organic—that’s a mix of both with the story ideas as the focus. Once we’ve established our type of plotting, what elements need to appear […]

Writer Critique Groups – How to Find the Perfect One for You

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writers search for the best ways to receive helpful feedback for their manuscripts. We all desire to develop new skills by learning from those who know the craft. Face to face meetings offer an opportunity for the writer to reach professional goals. Meeting with a select group of writers who share […]