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One of the most common questions I get from fiction writers is, “Where do I begin?”

The writer is overwhelmed, feeling lost, and maybe very frustrated.

They have a story in them, but nowhere to put it.

Coupled with this overwhelm is the confusion about all the ways to write stories — story maps and structures galore.

Which brings them back to: “Where do I begin?”

I too had this confusion and overwhelm until I figured out — through lots of writing different kinds of ways and different kinds of stories — that every story has an inherent structure.

Since I’m an intuitive writer, I had thought story should just come to me, but I had to learn the tools of the trade to finally grok structure. …


Beth Barany

Writing teacher. Science Fiction/Fantasy award-winning novelist. Get “10 Ways to Generate Ideas While Stuck Inside” free e-book:

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