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The Amazing (and Simple) 3-Step Plan for Learning How to Write

The Amazing (and Simple) 3-Step Plan for Learning How to Write

This week’s video answers a question I’ve been getting from multiple sources: about how yours truly went about learning to write. Video Transcript: Lately, I’ve received a lot of emails asking the question, “How did I learn to write?” So today, I’m going to do my best to answer that. But first I’d like to […]

How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change

How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change

How do you get your character to change? As simple as this question may seem, it’s also a super practical and important question that deserves an equally practical answer. At this point in our journey through character arcs, I hope you’re as stoked as I am about the potential of well-structured inner journeys for your […]

How to Expertly Edit Your Own Writing

7 Ways to Expertly Edit Your Own Writing

Writing can (and should!) be a creative, uplifting, enjoyable process. However, once the initial writing is complete, the next step is editing your draft. And figuring out how to edit your own writing is usually where the writing process becomes less “fun” and more—let’s be honest—agonizing. How so? Overly critical authors will be convinced their […]

How to Expertly Edit Your Own Writing

How Write a Gut-Wrenching Tragic Scene—Thanks to One Surprising Detail!

How to Write a Gut-Wrenching Tragic Scene–Thanks to One Surprising Detail!

This week’s video contains a confession from me, slightly counter-intuitive advice on how to write a tragic scene, and an absolutely spot-on example from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Video Transcript: I have to start off this video with a confession. Within the last month or so, I stumbled across a fantastic quote of writing advice, […]

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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 33: Telling Important Scenes, Instead of Showing

“Show, don’t tell” is arguably one of the most important principles of writing fiction. It’s the foundation of all of dramatic storytelling. “Telling” may get the bones of a scene across. But “showing” is what brings it to life. So it should come as no surprise that failing to show important scenes in your story […]

3 Secret Functions of Your Books Title

3 Secret Functions of Your Book’s Chapter Titles

As a writer, you’re already aware of the power of your book’s title to identify its genre, allude to its subject matter, and create that first shiny hook to catch a reader’s eye. A title is your chance to stop the feet or finger of a hungry browser in a bookstore or online and to convince him […]

Are You Overlooking This Easy Way to Make Your Story More Interesting

Are You Overlooking This Easy Way to Make Your Story More Interesting?

This week’s video uses an example from Christine Jeffs’s Sunshine Cleaning to show how you can use your character’s job to make your story more interesting. Video Transcript: Over on Twitter, my daily #writetips have been focusing on the importance of making your protagonist’s career a conscious decision, since it can influence your story in […]

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Want a Free Copy of My Medieval Epic Behold the Dawn?

Would you like a free copy of my Crusades-era historical Behold the Dawn? For the next two weeks only, this medieval epic is available for free, via StoryCartel, in exchange for your honest review. You’ll also be eligible to win new e-readers, gift cards, and print books—just by downloading the book! Behold the Dawn was my […]

Should All Your Minor Characters Have Arcs

Should All Your Minor Characters Have Arcs?

If your protagonist’s character arc has the ability to deepen your story, then just think how much more depth you can create if all your minor characters have arcs! Dizzying concept, isn’t it? And it raises the (somewhat trepidatious) question: Should all your minor characters have arcs? It’s a fair question. After all, we want […]