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.
Desiraye Williams breaks down three act structure in plotting using a familiar children’s story.
Emma Kate shares some tips for crafting a good end to your story.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLLGN7zv-3k&t=512s
Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!
Augusta Blythe–author of the Magic Bullet series–talks about how to prepare to write a series of books.
Calyn Morgan talks about beat sheets and how she uses them for plotting.
Calyn Morgan talks all about how she prepares to write a book and then moves into the actual writing phase!
Calyn Morgan gives an updated talk about how she starts writing a book, all the way through to the drafting phase.
Emma Kate shares her best tips for drafting a novel that has a lot going on.
Emma Gisclair talks about how to figure out the conclusion of your story.
Kellie Sheridan talks about what to do when you only have part of an idea.
E. Latimer talks about the Hero’s Journey and how many story are based (either heavily or loosely) on this structure.
E. Latimer talks about what makes an idea high concept and how you can tell if your idea fits the bill.
Desiraye Williams hates outlines, but she still uses them. Here’s why you should, too.
Meghan Jashinsky shares a great, inexpensive online workshop to help make your plot shine.
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.
Emma Kate talks about the importance of letting an idea sit, and not forcing it into something you don’t want it to be.
Emma Gisclair 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.
Meghan Jashinsky 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!)
Meghan Jashinsky teaches you how to make a map of your fantasy world in GIMP, a free (safe!) software that functions a lot like Adobe Photoshop.
Emma Gisclair talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?
Meghan Jashinsky 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?
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: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/4-ways-to-write-a-killer-plot-twist How to Write a Mind Blowing Plot Twist: https://letterpile.com/writing/How-to-Write-a-Mind-Blowing-Plot-Twist 5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/5-ways-to-write-killer-plot-twist/ How to Write an Effective Plot Twist: https://medium.com/@diegovalenzuela_20586/writing-guide-how-to-write-an-effective-plot-twist-de0fe4b377b9
Emma Kate talks about how to write plot twists well.
In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds discuss all of the different ways to plot a novel.
Desiraye Williams gives a tutorial of how she prepares to write a novel using Pinterest!
Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to translate that idea that seems so perfect in your head into an actual story.
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to be absolutely horrible to your characters (for the greater good).
Emma Kate talks more about story structure and crafting satisfying story arcs. Here’s the first in Emma’s series of story structure videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNNsAxl4BgE
Meghan Jashinsky struggles to pick a new idea to work on (featuring: dinosaurs!).
Emma Kate shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.
Emma Kate continues her series on story structure by talking about four part structure.
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.
Rachel Sargeant talks about writing tension well using advice from Alfred Hitchcock.
Meghan Jashinsky 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.
E. Latimer talks about the origins of story ideas and how you can use “what if?” to help you flesh out your ideas.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about using the book skeleton method, and shares a downloadable worksheet so that you can use it, too!
Kellie Sheridan uses The Sims as a plotting/worldbuilding/character creation tool.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about three act structure in plotting.
Rachel Sargeant shares her best advice for choosing a name for your character.
Erica Crouch talks about whether or not you should plot your novel before you write it.
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 Jashinsky gives her one pre-writing must have.
Emma Gisclair talks about how to tell when you need to add a subplot.
Kellie Sheridan talks about how to decide which idea you should write when you have too many ideas to choose from.
E. Latimer vlogs her work in progress as she begins the outlining stage of writing.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.
Meghan Jashinsky 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.