Lessons From 2023: 5 Reflections on “Flat Arc” Periods

Welcome to 2024! And welcome to what has become a yearly tradition here at Helping Writers Become Authors. Every January, I write a New Year’s post in which I look back at the year that has passed and reflect on its major themes, lessons, and gifts. When I began this little ritual six years ago, […]

Top 10 Writing Posts of 2023

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2024! For me, 2023 was an incredibly productive year. What makes me most pleased and proud is that I feel I was able to return to a high level of productivity in a way that honored everything I’ve learned from the severe burnout I experienced in previous years. Above […]

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Dear Wordplayers, Merry Christmas! I love Christmas. It has always been far and away my favorite holiday. For me, it has always been the holiday of gratitude, even more than Thanksgiving. Surrounded by loved ones, nurtured by traditions, and sandwiched between the glories and disappointments of the year that is past and the hopes and […]

12 of My Favorite Books in 2023

For a few years now, I’ve been lamenting that I wasn’t reading at the pace I was accustomed to in the past. This year, I’m happy to say… I’m baaaaaaaaaacckkk!!! :p It was a good reading year, ya’ll. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and encountered so many new authors and new ideas. Today’s post features some […]

How to Market a Book: 6 Steps From a Full-Time Author

While some of us may have known even as children that, “I want to be a writer when I grow up,” few of us probably tacked on, “and a marketer and businessperson and entrepreneur.” And so it’s little wonder that when we do grow up (or not, as per Neil Gaiman), we may be a […]

Gift Guide: 10 Digital Christmas Gifts for Writers

Writing is a journey, and every writer deserves tools that turn their literary dreams into reality. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned novelist or an aspiring wordsmith (or yourself!), these ten digital Christmas gifts for writers will inspire, empower, and elevate their craft to new heights. These are all products I use myself (or created) […]

14 Do’s and Don’ts of Time Management for Writers (from a Recovering Over-Achiever)

For many of us, writing is one of the most important things in our lives. And yet, it can be all too easy to let that “most important thing” end up at the bottom of our to-do list. If yet another day has passed in which you haven’t been able to write—or a day in […]

Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

Hey, Wordplayers! This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S. It’s also the last day of the month-long writing retreat I gave myself in the beautiful Berkshires. I am sharing the holiday with my youngest brother, then the following day I’m flying back home (wish me luck with the holiday traffic!). This is just a note […]

25% Off All Books, Courses, Software, and Meditations for Black Friday

This holiday season, I am doing something I’ve never done for Black Friday before. I’m offering 25% off every product I’ve ever created! This means that for a limited time (November 13-27th), you can grab every book and product I sell here on my site at this special holiday price. The discount has already been […]

“There and Back Again”: The Lord of the Rings and the Power of Despair in Fiction

Someone asked me recently what I thought made an original story. One piece of my answer was that I don’t believe audiences so much seek original¬†premises as original¬†emotional experiences. We want to experience stories that evoke emotion and create catharsis. We don’t just want a comedy that makes the corner of our mouths crinkle; we […]