Structuring Your Novel: Discover the Proven Blueprint for Creating Stories That Sell


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Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext

Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext

You hear it all the time: prologues are evil. (And writers everywhere, commence howling.) Now I’ll grant that “evil” is a slight exaggeration. We might call them “dangerous” instead, except that word is pretty ironic, since one of the chief reasons a prologue is so dangerous is because it allows authors to play it waaaaay yonder […]

Learn Scrivener Fast Webinar Replay Now Available (Plus Freebies!)

Learn Scrivener Fast Webinar Replay Now Available!

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the free Learn Scrivener Fast webinar with Joseph Michael yesterday! I hope you guys got as much out of Joseph’s awesome tips as I did. I’ve been using Scrivener for almost a year now, and I still came way with some new gems. My personal highlights: […]

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Last Chance to Sign Up for Free Webinar: Learn Scrivener Fast!

Today is the last day to sign up for the FREE webinar “Learn Scrivener Fast: How to Use Scrivener to Effortlessly Write, Organize, and Export Your Book Into Various Formats for Printing, Editing, and Publishing.” This 60-minute presentation, hosted by me and presented by Scrivener Coach Joseph Michael, will be live online today on April 23 at 4 […]

An Easy Way to Immediately Improve Your Character’s Action Beats

An Easy Way to Immediately Improve Your Character’s Action Beats

This week’s video shows you how to take your dialogue’s action beats upon a notch by focusing on symbolism and subtext. Video Transcript: A novel cannot live on dialogue alone. Dialogue may be the most fun part to write; it may be the most fun part to read. But you can’t build a whole story […]

My Writing Process, Pt. 2 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts

My Writing Process, Pt. 2 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts

What’s better than writing software that helps you outline your novels? How’s about writing software that also helps you write? That’s where the program Scrivener takes its whole game up a notch. Unlike other programs that are really only handy for one or the other, Scrivener offers amazing tools for both outlining and drafting–and does it all […]

How to Make Readers Love an Unlikable Character—And Hate a Likable One

How to Make Readers Love an Unlikable Character—And Hate a Likable One

This week’s video discusses one important make-or-break way that can influence readers’ opinions in deciding whether you’ve created a likable character or an unlikable character. Video Transcript: As writers, we love our characters. They’re like the children of our souls. They’re us. They’re the people we would like to be. They’re the people we’d like […]

My Writing Process: How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels

My Writing Process, Pt. 1 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels

My writing process is a continually evolving thing. Not only does every new story require a slightly different approach–and not only am I constantly learning and refining–but sometimes a new tool comes along and completely revolutizes the whole system. That’s what the writing software Scrivener has done for my writing process this past year. For […]

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Sign Up for the Structuring Your Novel Webinar!

The Structuring Your Novel: Discover the Proven Blueprint for Creating Stories That Sell webinar, is now available for sign up! This 90-minute presentation, hosted by Writer’s Digest, will be live online on April 28th at 1 PM EST (although, once you sign up, you can listen or re-listen anytime you want for up to a year). […]

Afraid Your Book Is Boring? Your Characters May Not Be Doing This One Important Thing

Afraid Your Book Is Boring? Your Characters May Not Be Doing This One Important Thing

This week’s video shows one of the top reasons it’s possible your book is boring your readers and offers the easy (and fun) solution. Video Transcript: Honestly, I think the single scariest word any reader can apply to our books is boring. It’s the kiss of death. A story can overcome just about any other […]

Want Readers to Adore Your Book? Learn How to Ace Your Climactic Moment

Want Readers to Adore Your Book? Learn How to Ace Your Climactic Moment

Your story will contain many important moments. Actually, we could say with accuracy that every moment in your story is important, since any misstep could conceivably jar the whole line of dominoes out of sync. But the moment in your story is the Climactic Moment. This moment is the reason your story is even being told in […]