Story Arc ExplainedIn every writing community, terms like "plot" and "development" and "arc" are constantly thrown around, and everyone expects everyone else to know what they mean without ever clearly defining them. Sure, vague advice about the importance of character development and story structure are great and all, but how do you actually do it? Aside from style and grammar, what are the mechanics behind a well-told story?What does a good story look like?The answer is surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Every good story does one thing well: it asks a question, deliberates it, then answers it. This provides a framework of three acts that create what's called dramatic tension. Here are some examples of what this looks like:The Little MermaidAct one: Will Ariel become human so she can be with the man she loves?Act two:
Proofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive Adverbs...Wow, that's a mouthful! These suckers are used to attach two independent clauses as one single sentence. Many people have confusion about when to use commas, semicolons, and colons. Semicolon conjunctive adverbs are helpful to emphasize the relationship between two thoughts (as opposed to separate sentences). Here is a list of words commonly used for this:ConsequentlyFurthermoreHoweverThereforeThenThusAdditionallySimilarlySubsequentlySome examples in sentences include:"She arrived to school late; consequently, the teacher did not accept her homework.""Man could not overcome the demon army; thus, the age of darkness was born.""He forgot his lunch; additionally, he had no umbrella for the rain."Note that these are different from conjunction words such as "and," "but," and "or." These attach two independent clauses with a comma.