5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe

5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe

Are we modern-day writers lucky or what? We enjoy unprecedented access to the wisdom of all the writers who have gone before us. I’m not kidding. the wealth of excellent information at our fingertips is insane. But you don’t get nothing for nothing, and the something we’re exchanging for all this great advice is a pretty hefty load […]

Good News! Writing Does Get Easier!

When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery

“When does writing get easier?” This is one of the most common questions writers have asked me throughout my career. The bad news is that, all these years, I’ve been giving the wrong answer. The good news is that the right answer is pretty fantastic. In years past, when people asked me this question, I was as […]

Learn to Write: Top Posts of 2015

Learn to Write: Top Writing Posts of 2015

Time always blows by quickly, and this year seemed to blast past at record speed. For me, 2015 was mostly a year of keeping my head down and working on my fiction. Some of my highlights in 2015 included: Story Structure Database launch German translation of Outlining Your Novel (joining its Japanese and Korean brethren) A […]

The Lazy Author's Way to Identify and Overcome Writing Weaknesses

The Lazy Author’s Way to Identify and Overcome Writing Weaknesses

I have news for you: as a writer, you are failing. And that’s fantastic! Okay, maybe not the “failing” part so much. But the fact that you know you’re failing should have you break dancing in the living room. Why? Because if you know your writing weaknesses, then you’re halfway down the road to overcoming them. Nothing […]

Top Writing Posts of 2014

Top Writing Posts of 2014

Talk about wild and woolly! 2014 was a crazy busy, crazy awesome year. Not counting writing posts, some of my highlights included: A feature on NPR’s All Things Considered IPPY, NIEA, and Silver Falchion (Finalist) Awards for Structuring Your Novel NIEA Finalist mention for my portal fantasy Dreamlander Third Write to Done Top 10 Blogs for Writers Award 101 […]

13 Necessary Steps to Become a Successful Writer This Year

13 Necessary Steps to Become a Successful Writer This Year

Didn’t get what you want for the holidays? It’s hard for writers, because our dreams are so big. Figuring out how to become a successful writer is no easy task. We want to touch people, change lives, grab readers’ attention on long snowy weekends–and the truth of the matter is that no one can give […]

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 […]

What Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, and the Brontes Can Teach You About Writing

What Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, and the Brontës Can Teach You About Writing

Today, I’m guest posting over on The Write Practice, with the post What Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, and the Brontës Can Teach You About Writing.” Here’s an excerpt: What can ol’ fuddy-duddies like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Brontë teach you about writing successful modern fiction? Most of us think of the classics and groan over memories […]

5 Reasons Writers Should Be Reading the Classics

5 Reasons Authors Should Be Reading the Classics

Today, I’m guest posting over on The World’s Greatest Book, with the post  “5 Reasons Authors Should Be Reading the Classics.” Here’s an excerpt: When some­one men­tions the phrase “clas­sic book,” what do you think of? That mam­moth copy of War & Peace you used as a doorstop all semes­ter in your junior year? That pile of Cliff’s Notes you […]

(More) of the Best Writing Advice From 10 (More) of the Best Writing Teachers

(More) of the Best Writing Advice From 10 (More) of the Best Writing Teachers

It isn’t difficult to flip through my writing library and discover what passages have impacted me. My books are punctuated with a brilliant green highlighter pen. So, in hopes of sharing a little of the best writing advice with all of you, I flipped through a few more my favorite books on the craft and chose […]