Hello and welcome to this week’s Write for a Reason writing tip!

An essential writing tip today: Make sure, before you start writing your novel, that you are familiar with good story structure.

I have read several self-published novels recently that would have been so much more compelling if the author had understood how fiction works.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Open a story loop – make something bad happen

2. Make it worse

3. Build to a climax

4. Resolve the issue and close the story loop

5. Tie up all the loose ends.

These five basic steps are fundamental to good story structure – if you miss any of them out, you risk losing/annoying/boring your readers.

Ignore these five steps at your peril! Following them will keep your readers reading. 🙂

Blessings to you all,

Janet Wilson from Write for a Reason and Dernier Publishing


P.S. We have two new students in the Write for a Reason Academy, which starts today. Please pray for them both, and for me, as we work together. Thank you!

Basic Story Structure – the Five Steps You Need to Follow
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