All posts tagged: Writing

Three-Act Story Plotting

The three-act structure is a classic method of storytelling with a clear beginning, middle, and end phase. The second act is typically much longer than the others, and can be treated as two sections divided by a climactic midpoint. The outline below only covers the basics, but you can add as many details as you feel necessary. ACT I : THE BEGINNING Opening Scene Sets the tone for the story and introduces the protagonist. Setup Scenes that introduce the characters’ world, introduce supporting characters, and point to changes to come. Inciting Incident The surprise moment that turns the protagonist’s world upside down and kicks off the main plot. Call to Action How do the characters react to the inciting incident? What choice must the protagonist make? ACT II, PART 1 : THE MIDDLE The Choice How does the protagonist decide to deal with the problem? What are the stakes? Rising Action / Mounting Problems Troubles mount as the conflict kicks into high gear. What keeps the protagonist going? Midpoint / Reversal A surprise event that …

Aiming For The Stars

This weekend saw me hard at work on a new project that I’ve been working on for several years now. Inspired to give this one a second chance not as a TV series [which languished in development hell] nor as the book I’ve only half written, but as an online project—I’m building a website. What I hope will not be just any website. But an interactive writing project open to those dedicated enough to want to join in. There will be secret missions, assignment, spaceships and space stations, political intrigue, machinations, and corporate congloms hell bent on running everything in our lives. Sound familiar? Only what’s happening today will be happening in our future, almost 150 years from now, when we’ve finally established a presence in space. The Chinese and India having established bases on the moon, and planning on a full take-over on Mars. In a future where corporate war and take-overs are fought with smugglers and pirates, designer drugs, and designer humans. Does this sound like a project you would like to be …

SF TBR Pile

Today sees the start of both NaNoWriMo and SciFiMonth in which I have set myself the task of not only writing 50k words between November 1 – 30, but also reading as many speculative fiction titles as I can while writing a number of SF-related posts. Part of SciFiMonth are a set of prompts to aid in writing speculative-related posts, and today’s is what will be in our SF TBR pile. I narrowed mine down to five books, given everything else I’ll be doing and even then, I’m not sure I’ll finish reading all five novels. First up from the reading pile is Beth Cato’s fantasy novel, ROAR OF SKY, which I’m also reviewing for the Science Fiction Foundation (as you can see, I have committed myself to an insane month!) DETAILS Title: ROAR OF SKY Author: Beth Cato Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 9780062692252 Genre: Fantasy Release date: 23 October, 2018 Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her …