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NaNoWriMo Prep: 7 Point Story Structure Video Playlist

Yesterday I again roamed barefoot through Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook for inspiration. Today I watched Dan Wells’ on Story Structure again (YouTube playlist embedded below) and compared my rough outline to his points and comments. (It’s becoming an annual pre-NaNo ritual.) If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year and trying to wrangle your ideas into some sort of order before the madness begins, this is a good little overview of story structure. It’s one talk, given at a writers symposium, divided into 5 entertaining ten minute videos. (The intro material is horribly out of date: Dan Wells is probably best known for his Partials young adult series, not to mention The Writing Excuses podcast.) There’s a tiny menu button on the upper left that allows you to play the individual videos if you don’t have time to Play All at one sitting.


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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