Crafting a good story is hard.
You need a hooky idea, a cast of characters, and a plot. You need three acts, an inciting incident, a midpoint reversal and a terrific climax. Also character arc and story arc. Setting, conflict, tension.
And the list goes on.
The whole thing could be overwhelming to a beginning writer, and even for those of us who have been writing for a long time. We are all constantly learning how to keep getting better.
Good thing writing stories is so much fun!!
In the following chapters I'm going to share tips on things I've learned along the way. If you're not familiar with my work, I refer often CLOCKWISE, about a teen time traveler who accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.
I'll also refer to a few of my young adult novels, including dystopian romance PERCEPTION (written as Lee Strauss) about a Genetically Altered Person who needs the help of a natural to find her missing brother, and PLAYING WITH MATCHES: Coming of Age in Hitler's Germ...