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How To Get Readers To Rave About Your Scenes

How to Write Scenes Your Readers Will Rave About

Ever sit down at your computer, ready for the day’s writing session, only to wonder how to write scenes your readers will actually care about? There are a lot of considerations when it comes to how to write scenes. But really, there’s only one that matters to readers: Is it interesting? This is a totally obvious statement. […]

Do You Have A Writing Superpower (and Why You Shouldn't)

Do You Have a Writing Superpower? (And Why You Shouldn’t)

There’s a refrain I often hear in popular writing advice–and I hate it. Basically, it runs like this: All writers are naturally better at one part of writing over another. It’s kind of like having a very unbalanced writing superpower. On the surface, this idea is as true as it gets. We all have our […]

One Major Pitfall of Writing Strong Characters

One Major Pitfall of Writing Strong Characters

Writing strong characters should be one of your major goals for any type of story. But what exactly is a strong character? This phrase is tossed around a lot (especially, it seems, when it comes to female characters), but it can be frustratingly vague. Mostly, the “strong character” seems to conjure images of physically fearless men and […]

Top Editing Tricks for Creating a Seamless Narrative

Top 4 Editing Tricks for Creating a Seamless Narrative

Narrative flow can be difficult to define, which makes it difficult to understand. However, most writers are also readers, so you may be more familiar with narrative flow than you might think! While reading, have you ever: Found yourself turning page after page, unable to put a book down? Been so engrossed you haven’t noticed […]

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV

Chances are good you’re using a third-person POV (or Point of View) in your story right now. If not, then you likely used it in the past or will give it a try in the future. It’s a nearly universal writing technique and the most popular of all the POV choices. But are you using […]

How to Control Reader Reactions to Character Sins

How to Control Reader Reactions to Character Sins

Your protagonist just messed up. Big time. We’re talking unforgivable sins here. Now, these sins are totally necessary to your plot. There’s no way you can write them out of the story just because they’re dark. But… here’s the rub. What if you’ve pushed your readers too far? What if they can’t stomach your character anymore […]

Authenticity vs. Accuracy: How To Ace Your Novel Research

Novel Research: 12 Ways to Ace Your Book

I’m starting to get paranoid. It happens with every book I write. I reach the end of the first draft, start tying off loose ends on the first round of edits, and prepare to send the book to my first round of beta readers. That’s when I inevitably start asking myself panicked questions about the accuracy of of […]

Want Exclusive Access to New Writing Books? Become a Wordplayer!

Want Exclusive Access to New Writing Books? Become a Wordplayer!

There are writers and there are authors and then there are Wordplayers. If you’re one of the latter, then this exclusive group is just for you! You guys are why I do what I do, and I want to create a special group that will give you early access to my upcoming writing how-to books, audiobooks, courses, and […]

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 50

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 50: Info Dumps

On its most fundamental level, a novel is nothing more or less than the dissemination of information. As such, the writer who understands exactly how and where to share information is a writer who understands the most fundamental skill of storytelling. That’s why info dumps are such a big, bad deal. They’re peanut butter in […]

Are You Telling the Wrong Story?

Are You Telling the Wrong Story?

Sometimes the story you start out writing is not the story you end up telling. The beginning and the ending are two different stories–and the inevitable result is that one of those is the wrong story. How can you tell when you’ve got two halves that don’t form a single whole? How can identify which […]