Archive for August 22nd, 2010

Aug 22 2010

Superhero anthology looking for submissions

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Jay Faulkner is looking for superhero story submissions between 2500-8000 words long.  (For longer submissions, query first).

  • Genre: anything with superheroes.  “This can be pure comic-book style heroes, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc but the central theme / characters in the story MUST involve superheroes.”
  • Deadline: October 31, 2010.
  • Pay: none.

Submission details here.  Thanks for pointing this out, Matt.

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Aug 22 2010

Organizing Your Story With Cause and Effect

If you’re worried that your manuscript isn’t as coherent as it could be, mapping your plot can be extremely helpful. To do so:

  1. List the 25-50 most important events in the plot.
  2. Place one event each on a post-it note.
  3. Organize as many of the post-it notes into a cause-and-effect chain as you can.

For example, here’s a political thriller with two main plot threads. (I wouldn’t recommend more than 3 plot threads).

For more information on how to use your map to tighten up your plot, see below.

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