Avoid writing schizophrenic story

Does your story belong in therapy? Perhaps one portion of it appears to be in conflict with another portion, maybe over tone or theme.

The problem might be that we as authors haven’t shaped the story enough during its formative stages to ensure the plot, characters and message can adequately address conflicts, motivations and ideas.

Consider allowing more discomfort and unhappy circumstances to appear in your story; this may create the right situations so your story can more adequately present and work through plot conflicts, character motivations, and thematic ideas.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.