Plotting Fiction: The Idea Story

January 30, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

he idea story builds suspense by withholding information. The resolution comes when the hidden information is revealed. The action often follows the process of uncovering the hidden knowledge. It is the natural structure, then, for mystery stories that begin when a crime occurs and climax when the detective reveals who did it and how and for certain subgenres of hard SF, where a scientific problem presents itself and the heroes work toward a solution or explanation.


Comparison Charts for CSE, IEEE, and AMA References

January 27, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing

A handy chart of more English styles: CSEm IEEE, and AMA.


Quick Guide to Common Old-School Abbreviations

January 13, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

This quick guide to some of the most common, old-school, and occasionally forgotten abbreviations should help you stay on track.


Comparison Charts for APA, MLA, and CMS References

January 6, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in APA, MLA

A handy chart of the major English styles: Chicago, MLA, and APA.


Plotting Fiction: The Milieu Story

January 6, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

Exactly what sort of payoff you need to deliver will be determined by the kind of story you’re telling. Over the next months, we’ll look in greater detail at the four story types laid out in my previous blog post. Today, we’ll consider the milieu story: what it is, where it starts, and how it ends.


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