You had that shiny new idea, and now you’re ready to turn it into an actual plot–where do you start? Here you can find all of our videos from making sure you have a strong idea, to adding subplots, to figuring out your ending. To watch all of our videos on plotting, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to plotting, use the list below or the search bar.

3 Act Structure ft Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Desiraye Williams breaks down three act structure in plotting using a familiar children’s story.

3 Elements of a Strong Ending

Emma Kate shares some tips for crafting a good end to your story.

5 Ways to End Your Novel

Rachel shares tips for how to end your story.

A Quick Lesson on Set Up And Payoff

Rachel Sargeant gives a mini lesson on how to create a satisfying payoff for readers. Lindsay Ellis’s video on Set Up and Payoff in Mad Max, Fury Road:

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Augusta Blythe: Preparing Your Series

Augusta Blythe–author of the Magic Bullet series–talks about how to prepare to write a series of books.

Beat Sheets

Calyn Morgan talks about beat sheets and how she uses them for plotting.

Being Confident with Similarities

Rachel Sargeant talks about whether you should write that idea, even though it sounds really similar to another book (or books).

Brainstorm With Me -The PWT Project

Join author E.Latimer for the process of brainstorming her newest novel!

Calyn’s Writing Process

Calyn Morgan talks all about how she prepares to write a book and then moves into the actual writing phase!

Calyn’s Writing Process 2.0

Calyn Morgan gives an updated talk about how she starts writing a book, all the way through to the drafting phase.

Desiraye’s Return // Outlining Process

Dez is here to talk all things OUTLINING!

Detailed Scene Outlines

Emma Kate talks about writing detailed scene outlines and how she uses it to help her as she writes.

Drafting Long, Complex Novels

Emma Kate shares her best tips for drafting a novel that has a lot going on.


Today we’re talking all about endings! How to write a strong ending, endings that sing, etc. etc.

Figuring Out “The End”

Emma Kate talks about how to figure out the conclusion of your story.

Fleshing Out Your Ideas

Kellie Sheridan talks about what to do when you only have part of an idea.

Hero’s Journey Plot Structure

E. Latimer talks about the Hero’s Journey and how many story are based (either heavily or loosely) on this structure.

High Concept Ideas

E. Latimer talks about what makes an idea high concept and how you can tell if your idea fits the bill.

I Hate Outlining (But I Do It Anyway)

Desiraye Williams hates outlines, but she still uses them. Here’s why you should, too.

Inexpensive Plot Workshop!

Meghan shares a great, inexpensive online workshop to help make your plot shine.

K.N. Lee: From Pantsing to Plotting

K.N. Lee–NYT and USA Today bestselling author–talks about how switching from pantsing to plotting helped her become a stronger, more focused writer. She also shares how you can become more of a plotter while still maintaining the free, character-driven feeling of pantsing.

Let It Simmer

Emma Kate talks about the importance of letting an idea sit, and not forcing it into something you don’t want it to be.

Literacy Quadrants: A Way to Organize Your New Idea

Emma Kate talks about how you can use literacy quadrants on a sheet of paper to create a super simple outline when you first have the idea for a story.

Map Making Round 2–“autoREALM!!! is beter”???

Meghan tries out another free map making software after a recommendation in the comments of her first tutorial, and reviews that program here. (SPOILER ALERT: it is awesome!)

Map-Making Tutorial

Meghan teaches you how to make a map of your fantasy world in GIMP, a free (safe!) software that functions a lot like Adobe Photoshop.

Meghan Chooses Which Idea to Write!

Meghan has been feeling torn on which of her two ideas she should finish. So join her as she vlogs her experience of trying to choose an idea to write! EVERGREEN OASIS WRITING RETREAT:

Multiple POVs

Emma Kate talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?

Our Writing Style Alignments

Today the WordNerds join up to do a video on their writing processes, specifically how they match up with the writing style alignments. THE ORIGINAL TWEET FROM CHEYENNE A LEPKA: THE ALIGNMENTS: Lawful Pantser – writes everything in order, uses the flashlight method to get to the end, ends up in strange places, knows … Continue reading Our Writing Style Alignments

Outlining My Book with a Spreadsheet

Emma Kate talks about how she uses Google Sheets to outline and plot her novels.


Meghan tries to get you psyched for this Sunday’s chat about plotting. There will be something for plotters and pantsers alike! Are you a plotter, a pantser, or something in between?

PLOT A NOVEL WITH ME – NaNoWriMo Preparation Vlog and Book Plotting Talk

Meghan vlogged herself as she plotted her novel for National Novel Writing Month! In this video, she talks about loosely using three-act structure as well as James Scott Bell’s plotting from the midpoint method to come up with an outline that gives her confidence without feeling too constricting. What’s your favorite way to plot a … Continue reading PLOT A NOVEL WITH ME – NaNoWriMo Preparation Vlog and Book Plotting Talk


Today Meghan talks all about plot twists! For more reading on plot twists, check out these articles: 4 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist: How to Write a Mind Blowing Plot Twist: 5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist: How to Write an Effective Plot Twist:

Plot Twists!

Emma Kate talks about how to write plot twists well.

Plotting How-To

In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds discuss all of the different ways to plot a novel.

Pre-Writing in Pinterest

Desiraye Williams gives a tutorial of how she prepares to write a novel using Pinterest!

Prepping to Write the Shiny New Idea

Meghan talks about how to translate that idea that seems so perfect in your head into an actual story.

PREPTOBER 2020: Character Building Workshop!

This week we’ll have a workshop aimed at helping you create the characters for your NaNoWriMo 2020 project.

PREPTOBER 2020: Plot Building Workshop!

This live chat covers all things PLOT! We hope to have exercises that will be helpful for plotters and pantsers alike, though we’ll mostly focus on coming up with a full plot for you novel, that way if you hit any blocks in November, you’ll at least know where you’re headed. 🙂 Slides –

PREPTOBER 2020: Premise Plan-In! (NaNoWriMo Planning Party)

Join us as we get prepared for NaNo! Tonight we’ll focus primarily on developing a premise for your novel, and in future weeks we’ll expand upon your ideas generated tonight!

Prevent Your Characters

Rachel Sargeant talks about how to be absolutely horrible to your characters (for the greater good).


Tonight the WordNerds are talking all about the merits of writing a series vs writing a standalone, how to decide which your book(s) should be, and how to do a series well if you choose to write one.

Shaping Story Arcs

Emma Kate talks more about story structure and crafting satisfying story arcs. Here’s the first in Emma’s series of story structure videos:


Meghan struggles to pick a new idea to work on (featuring: dinosaurs!).

So You Wanna Be a Writer

Emma Kate shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.


Tonight we’re talking all about starting a new project.

Story Structure: Four Part

Emma Kate continues her series on story structure by talking about four part structure.

Story Structure: Six Stage

Emma Kate begins a series on different types of story structure, beginning with six stage.


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all about how to write subplots well.

Tension Advice a la Hitchcock

Rachel Sargeant talks about writing tension well using advice from Alfred Hitchcock.

The “Spinal Tap” Charting Method

Meghan talks about Beth Revis’s spinal tap charting method and shares a worksheet that she made to help you follow this method in your own outlining.

The “What If?” Formula: Discovering Great Storylines

E. Latimer talks about the origins of story ideas and how you can use “what if?” to help you flesh out your ideas.

The Book Skeleton

Meghan talks about using the book skeleton method, and shares a downloadable worksheet so that you can use it, too!


The Sims for Writers

Kellie Sheridan uses The Sims as a plotting/worldbuilding/character creation tool.

Three Act Structure

Meghan talks about three act structure in plotting.

Tips on Naming Characters

Rachel Sargeant shares her best advice for choosing a name for your character.

To Plot or Not To Plot

Erica Crouch talks about whether or not you should plot your novel before you write it.

Tricky Tropes and Making Your Plot Unique

In this Sunday Special Live Chat, the WordNerds talk about tropes in YA and how to make your plot stand out in spite of those tropes.


Meghan gives her one pre-writing must have.

When Should You Add a Side Plot?

Emma Kate talks about how to tell when you need to add a subplot.

Which Idea Should You Work On Next?

Kellie Sheridan talks about how to decide which idea you should write when you have too many ideas to choose from.

WN WIP – Pre-draft Outline Part 1

E. Latimer vlogs her work in progress as she begins the outlining stage of writing.


Meghan talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.

Writing an Inciting Incident that Excites

Meghan talks about inciting incidents and how to create a strong starting point for your character’s journey.


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds give tips for young or first time writers.