Romance and sex are perfectly normal parts of life. This means that it’s quite reasonable to have them in our fiction; of course, they don’t fit into every story, but this is for those into which they do. It’s a good idea to have a personality profile at least loosely sketched out before you embark … More Writing Romantic Subplots.
Freytag’s Pyramid is one of the most common devices for mapping a literary progression, and it’s one of those with the most academic force behind it. The reasoning behind this is, as with most things, complex and cultural, but the technique nonetheless has a good deal to teach us and a good deal to talk … More Freytag’s Pyramid