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 […]

6 Bits of Common Writing Advice You're Misusing

6 Bits of Common Writing Advice You’re Misusing

Recently, I found myself reminiscing about some of the early books on writing advice that transformed and molded my understanding of storytelling and writing. They opened my eyes, honed my craft, and changed my life. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the solid writing advice I’ve received from the writers who have gone […]

5 Important Ways Storytelling Is Different in Books vs. Movies

5 Important Ways Storytelling Is Different in Books vs. Movies

These days, everyone is writing movies. Including novelists. Not screenplays, mind you, but even if you’ve never touched a Celtx program and will never see your story on the big screen, you’re still writing movies. Our society is saturated by visual storytelling. It’s the cool kid on the block, da boss. Whether we’re talking Hollywood movies, TV shows, […]

How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps

How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps

What if I told you the best way to learn how to create amazing plots and characters in your own stories was by purposeful osmosis? First, of course, I might have to explain that “purposeful osmosis” means reading lots and lots of books and watching lots and lots of movies–and consciously studying what it is about […]

The 10 Commandments of Reading Like a Writer

The 10 Commandments of Reading Like a Writer

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”—Lemony Snicket If that’s true of people in general, it’s doubly true of writers. As the ever-quotable Stephen King proclaimed, If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Most of us become writers […]

why you should be mercilessly hacking apart your own stories

Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories

Today, I’m guest posting over on Storyfix, with the post “Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories.” Here’s an excerpt: You shouldn’t be reading this blog. No, seriously. As awesome as Larry’s blog is and as generous as he is for sharing his story sense with all of us, this is not […]