Story Structure: the First Quarter Debate

Story Structure: the First Quarter DebateDiscovered a new aspect of writing craft this week while looking at story structure: the First Quarter Debate powering our story opening.

Freelance editor and BookTuber (there’s a compound word with so much right and wrong with it) Ellen Brock  posts on writing craft and this week summarised the essential components of the difficult first quarter.

What’s your Word Budget?

What's your Word Budget?Master of short stories Mary Robinette Kowal delivered a guest lecture for Sanderson’s 2020 course which raised the interesting question: what’s your Word Budget?

Subtitled the MICE Quotient, it sets out Kowal’s framework for fiction. No actual mice are harmed in this process. MICE stands for Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event.