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THE MONSTER NOVEL STRUCTURE WORKBOOK

Novel structure is often broken down to short, simple pieces: three acts, five turning points, etc. But what about the gaps between turning points? What makes one turning point different from another?

Enter the Monster Novel Structure Workbook, with 21 distinct beats to guide you through your novel. More than just the the inflexible Hero’s Journey, the Monster Workbook takes you through the most popular character arc—a positive one with a (mostly) positive ending—to maximize your book’s emotional satisfaction. With the aid of step-by-step explanations, examples, and analysis, you’ll understand how and why the structure works. And also how it can be broken and still work.

The book is enhanced with downloads, including printable and editable PDFs, a video walk-through, and a NaNoWriMo calendar for 2018. You can opt to purchase the book alone, the downloads alone, or a bundle with download link.

Learn more on the Monster page.

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IN HER OWN SKIN

76,000 word YA Contemporary Fantasy with a f/f subplot. Guided by a memory of her mother walking into the ocean, never to return, Emily seeks out family she never knew existed in Nova Scotia. IHOS won second place in the 2017 Rosemary Award from YARWA.

UNCHURCHED

66,000 word YA Contemporary: A teen atheist rebels against her father’s new religion that wants to make her into a purity princess. Janine faces off against religious leaders in her school, her town, and in her pants. UNCHURCHED is comparable to Easy A and Saved!

PETIT MAL

68,000 word YA Contemporary Fantasy: Giselle has a burning need for revenge, but if she accepts ghost-queen Myrthe’s help, she’ll be doomed to serve her forever. Inspired by the ballet Giselle, PETIT MAL is a written in alternating POVs.

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THE SILK THAT CUTS

YA Fantasy: A cat thief overthrows an empire. Twice. Work in progress.