Take your writing beyond the fundamentals, and build a strong story with this exclusive download collection from Writer's Digest. The collection includes: How to Plot & Structure Your Novel (OnDemand Webinar): Learn the principles of narrative plotting from editor Cheryl Klein. Discover the three main types of plot, and learn how to braid them for maximum narrative efficiency and elegance. Additionally, you'll examine who is driving the events of your novel, how plotting relates to character, where's the right place for the book to begin and end, and whether the stakes and characters are sufficient to keep narrative tension high the entire book. Showing & Telling (Full Book Download): The truth is good writing almost always requires both showing and telling. The trick is finding the right balance of scene and summary—the two basic components of creative prose. Complete with examples from bestsellers and interactive exercises, this comprehensive guide offers an in-depth look at scene development, the role of reflection in storytelling, the art of summarizing, and how to bring it all together. Plot versus Character (Full Book Download): What's more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both. This hands-on guide to creating a well-rounded novel embraces both of these crucial story components and takes the guesswork out of creating great fiction. Alone with All That Could Happen (Full Book Download): Go past the "write what you know" approach. Learn how to make smart creative choices about using autobiographical elements in your fiction, determining distance, point of view, and flow, using present tense, building a unified short story collection, and more. Story Engineering (Full Book Download): Stories are as engineering driven as they are artistic. Story Engineering helps you start with the criteria and architecture of storytelling – the engineering and design of a story – and use it as a basis for a narrative. You'll learn how to wrap your head around the big picture of story telling so that the true magic can happen. The First 5 Minutes: How Editors Evaluate Your Manuscript (OnDemand Webinar): Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If you have a bad beginning, no one will keep reading. Does your manuscript grab a reader's attention at page one and never let them go? Find out in this OnDemand webinar from experts Jane Friedman and Alice Pope.