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Announcing My Latest Novel: Wayfarer! (And Prizes!)

Today, I am officially launching my fifth novel Wayfarer. Hooray! If you’ve been following along on my journey with this book for the last several years, then you’ll recognize it as the one I keep referring to as my “historical superhero” novel. Set in 1820 London, it’s something I also like to cheekily think of as […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope  you’re finding time in this bustling season to pause, look around at your life, count your blessings, and express gratitude for them. For me, Christmas has always been even more about thanksgivings than Thanksgiving. This year, I find myself increasingly thankful to get to take part in a creative […]

Black Friday Special: 25% off the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software

This Black Friday weekend, you can use the code OUTLINE to grab my Outlining Your Novel Workbook software at a special holiday discount of 25% its normal price of $40. Start Outlining Your Best Book Today As a reader of my blog, you can access a special 25% discount code for my Outlining Your Novel Workbook software. Just […]

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Want Me to Critique Your Story?

Would you like me edit an excerpt of your writing? I have a new series in mind for the blog, which I think will prove fun and instructive for all of us. Here’s how it works. If you’re interested in participating, send me a page of your work-in-progress. You can email me here. Attachments aren’t […]

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What Do You Want Me to Write About?

Hey, everybody! I’m making myself a bit sparse this week as I’m in the middle of moving. But I want to take the opportunity to flip things on its head this week and ask you to tell me something. What would you like me to write about? Is there a writing subject that’s really got your […]

4 Fun Things to Read (and Listen to) This Week

I’m not doing a regular blog post today, since I’m spending this week visiting my adorable niece and nephew. Just so you don’t miss me too much while I’m gone, here are some goodies to keep you busy! 1. One of My Favorite Posts From the Archives This post from two years ago examines seven important questions […]

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Outlining and Editing: Get This Great Software Bundle

This week only, I’m joining up with the popular editing software ProWritingAid to give you a special discount when you purchase their premium license in a bundle with my own Outlining Your Novel Workbook software. ProWritingAid Premium and Outlining Your Novel Workbook together this week only for just $65 (a $90 value). Until February 24th, get the Outlining Your Novel Workbook ($40) […]

Wordplayers: Merry Christmas!

Wordplayers: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day with your families and loved ones today. For me, this is, above all, a holiday of Thanksgiving, in which I am given plentiful opportunities to remember God’s blessings of abundance in my life. A huge part of my life is this website and all […]

Creating Character Arcs Workbook Launch

Introducing the Creating Character Arcs Workbook!

All you need to create a solid story is a solid character arc. If you can do that, chances are good you’ve also written a book that will give readers a solid experience with story structure and theme. This is why the study and practical execution of character arcs has become one of my primary […]

5 Things You Can Read While I'm On Vacation

5 Things You Can Read While I’m On Vacation

Whoops! I’m not here today. I’m off partying someplace exotic. Or… actually not. But I am enjoying a ten-day vacation while visiting family! While I’m gone, I hope you get lots of writing done. But if you want to take a break and read something, check out the following five links for inspiration and fun. […]