StoryTV With Jennifer B., Episode 3: How To Connect the Plot Points in Your Story

A common complaint I hear from writers is this:

I know what my plot points are, but I have no idea how to connect them or what to put in between.

There are three things you need to know to know in order to connect your plot points and create the scenes for your story:

  1. Your ending
  2. Context
  3. Mission

In this episode of StoryTV, I’m sharing more about these three things and how they will help you to connect your plot points and form a cohesive story.

 

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How do you connect the plot points in your story? 

 

StoryTV With Jennifer B., Episode Two: Are You Too Attached Your Story Idea?

How many times have you written something that you really, really love… but it’s just not working? And yet even though it’s not working, you still can’t give it up?

Whether that’s a character, a story line, a scene or something else, if you’re too attached, you’ve got a serious problem.

Because the initial story idea is never good enough. Not even close.

But if you refuse to let go of what’s not working, you’ll never get to the real story.

Are you too attached to your story idea? In this episode of StoryTV I talk about what being too attached is, why it’s a problem, and how to let it go.

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StoryTV With Jennifer B., Episode One: How Do I Know If My Story Sucks?

How many times have you been writing something and then asked yourself: does this suck?

My guess is, too many times to keep count. I know, because this is a question I hear often in my conversations with writers.

And it’s something I’ve experienced myself.

When I finished writing my first novel back in 2008, I wondered if it was any good. So I sent it off to one of my writer-editor friends for a second opinion.

What came back was valuable feedback that I was able to use to make the decision that the story wouldn’t work as-is, and I’d need to do a full overhaul. Fast-forward to the present, and I’m finally to a place where I’m going to publish what I’ve written.

It took questioning the story that I had to help me see how to turn it into the story that I wanted.

Questioning the quality of your story is a good thing. It means you care enough about the end result to ask the question. 

I decided to answer this question in the debut episode of my new webshow: StoryTV With Jennifer B.

Note: I am a novice videographer and editor, at best. I figured the information I’m sharing is more important than the perfection of the video. Will do better next time.–jb

I’d love to know how you’d answer this question: how do I know if my story sucks?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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