Be Great

Robert Russell said that there’s no secret to being great. You simply do little things in a great way, everyday.

What are the little things that writers can do in a great way, everyday?

For starters, we can learn to master the scene. It’s the basic building block of story and, relative to the size of a novel, is fairly small.

But we can drill down even further. Each scene is made up of five elements which Shawn Coyne, the creator of Story Grid, calls the five commandments of storytelling; the inciting incident, the progressive complications (which build to a turning point), the crisis, the climax and the resolution.

What would happen if we took the time to write these little things in a great way, everyday? How would the quality of our writing improve? How would that help us be great at what we do?


About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women

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