Five Turning Points and the Gaps Between – All you need to know about Story Structure in one blog post

This is exactly what I needed to fill in the gaps between plot points!

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by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

I think about story structure. A lot. I’ve read countless books and studied hundreds of movies to gain a deeper understanding of narrative structure. I’ve reviewed the classic philosophies of act, scene and beat structure – from the Three Act Structure, to the Eight Sequences, and beyond to the 15 Beats. There is a plethora of information out there, in writing guides, on websites and forums, in blog posts, and from seminars and conferences. It can be a lot to take in, and over the past year I have worked my way through them to try and translate them into a language and format my brain can understand. And, this morning, I think I have had my enlightenment moment: Everything you need to know in order to understand narrative structure – whether you write screenplays or novels – can be boiled down to the Five Turning Points and the Gaps…

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Yep. NaNoWriMo 2017 beckons

I resisted signing up for NaNo this year, really I did. I still have to revise Sand and Bones not to mention finishing and revising Prophecies from an Electric Man, the novella follow up to The Archimedean Heart. So I have things to do but I have this story buzzing around my head about this girl named Idonny who lives in a partially flooded tower block in a near-future London. NaNoWriMo is great for getting lots of words on the page for me so I took the plunge.

Here’s to an insane November. May it be deliciously productive.

1st draft of Sand and Bones is done, y’all!

I finished the first draft of my “fantastical history with a touch of heartbreak” novel Sand and Bones today. PHEW. Just over 72K words about Elsie (the maiden), Clara (the mother), and Nne-Ala (the crone) on an almost uninhabited island in the Bahamas. There’s also a monster. And a cult.

My current elevator pitch for this book:

In a 1908 unlike ours, a young English girl and her family are summoned to join her father on an almost uninhabited island in the Bahamas because he needs his wife’s gold and his children’s blood.

Yesterday, I read an interesting article by an agent on Mythcreants and he presented lists of subgenres that were “hot” or “cold.” Guess what? Alt-history is apparently cold.

<head bangs on keyboard>

I might need to rework that elevator pitch. So, historical fantasy? LOL.

This may be a moot point. I have a long way to go before this book is ready to publish and I will more than likely self-pub again.

On to revisions. My editor awaits.





Summer 2017 releases from Treehouse Writers

A number of the Treehouse Writers have new books available this summer. T.E. MacArthur released The DOOMSDAY RELIC, featuring Professor Lettie Gantry. This brand new adventure starring the Volcano Lady is in serial format. Kirsten Weiss has another installment of her cozy mystery series A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery available. Get your copy of […]

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Status of Sand and Bones

For anyone keeping track, I am over 63,000 words into my latest novel, Sand and Bones, with about four scenes still to write. No monster on the page yet, with the exception of the icky cult leader.

I had hoped to finish writing in May but it looks like July’s Camp NaNoWriMo will be spent finishing the manuscript REALLY, TRULY this time. Then onto revisions.

And yet there’s this side project that’s starting to yank at me, diverting attention away from Sand and Bones. I blame Sparky McTrowell and Erasmus Drake.

Some Time Later released

The third and final volume of the Later anthology series. This is my favorite!

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Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds The final volume of the Later series of anthologies, Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds, is available now through Thinking Ink Press.
This charity steampunk anthology is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers, or if you’re lucky enough to run into one of the authors at an in-person event, you can get a copy from them.

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