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Why Writers Need To Make Way More Mistakes

6 Reasons You Need to Make Way More Writing Mistakes

Writing mistakes are frustrating—especially when that mistake is novel-sized and cost you months of work before you realized it was, indeed, a mistake. Because frustration is a negative emotion, we usually do everything in our power to, first, avoid making writing mistakes and, then, when we inevitably do make them, distance ourselves from them as […]


Vacation Notice: See You in a Few!

“What’s this?!” you say. “No new writing post? How dare you, madam! Do you fail to realize the insult and injury of this lapse? In short, you scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe!” To which I must reply: you’re totally right, but I beg of you to leave my catastrophe alone. I […]

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How to Find the Right Critique Partner: The 6-Step Checklist

Sometimes figuring out how to find the right critique partner feels about as daunting as finding the right marriage partner. First, you just have to find someone who’s interested, and then you somehow have to make sure this someone is the right someone. No pressure, right? There’s a lot on the line in choosing the right person to critique […]

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Is This the Single Best Way to Write Powerful Themes?

Part 9 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel The longer I study stories, the more convinced I am that the one single thing that sets apart the great stories from the meh ones is theme. What this means, of course, is that figuring out how to write powerful themes is possibly the most […]

15 More Reasons Writing Is Important

15 (More) Reasons Writing Is Important–in Your Own Words

Is writing important? I posed that question two weeks ago in the post “5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World.” Obviously, the conclusion I came to (after some sincere soul-searching) was that yes, writing and storytelling is a crucial part of building a better world and encouraging one another in our own quests for Truth. But […]

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 a raving Scrivener maniac for a few years now, and I still came away with some new gems. My […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Sequel Scenes

Part 8 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Sometimes just the mention of “sequel scenes” makes writers cross their eyes. Isn’t a sequel, you know, a followup to your first book? What does it have to do with individual scenes? The answers to these questions are important, because the sequel makes up […]

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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 August 4, 2016, at 4 […]

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How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels

As a writer, you need tools that help you organize your thoughts and eliminate distractions, so you can focus on what’s really important: the story. One of the best tools (of all time?) for this is the powerhouse writing software Scrivener. I started using it a few years ago, and it has transformed my writing process. […]


Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Story Structure

Part 7 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel I talk a lot about how important story structure is. But let’s be honest. Story structure is a complicated beast. Few stories ace every single beat to perfection every single time. I’ve read (and watched) incredible stories that were incredible in spite of the fact […]