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6 Ways to Outline Your Novel Faster

Here are six ways to outline your novel faster and more effectively. 1. Start With Your Character’s GMC–Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Nailing down your protagonist’s goal, motivation, and conflict (or GMC) is the first step in writing your outline. Solid plot foundations are built on what your protagonist wants, why it’s important, and what’s in the […]

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How to Make the Right Decisions for Your Book

Today, I’m guest posting over on Write to Done, with the post  How to Make the Right Decisions for Your Book. Here’s an excerpt: How can authors know which choices are right for their novels? When you first sit down at your desk and start typing words into the delicious white blank of your computer […]

The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft

The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft

Have you ever wanted to look under the hood of another writer’s process? Although we all have to create the unique processes that work for us as individuals, it’s always valuable to see what works for other authors—and specifically how those authors evolve each scene in their stories from idea to finished product. Today, I’m […]

What I Learned Writing Dreamlander: Preparation Is Worth a Pound of Proofreading

This week’s video talks about the biggest lesson I learned while writing Dreamlander and why I probably shouldn’t have had to learn it. Video Transcript: This little series of ours can’t even begin to cover all the many lessons I learned while writing my fantasy novel Dreamlander. But I think I can say the most dramatic lesson was one […]

Limited Time to Sign up for Outlining Your Novel Workshop!

The Outlining Your Novel workshop is now up and running on the Writer’s Digest University site. Only 15 “seats” open for this first session (running October 18-December 13), so grab ’em while they’re hot! About the Workshop Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly used, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons […]

How to Write a Novel in Two Sentences

All right, fine—you’ll need more than two sentences, most likely. But the title of this post does actually have some merit, as I am in the process of finishing my second novel using an approach I like to call “The Two Sentence Method.” There are already some spectacular methods out there for plotting and planning […]

Reverse Outlining

Today, I’m honored to be hosted on Writers Helping Writers. Be sure to stop by the blog to read my guest post “Reverse Outlining,” which is an excerpt from my book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success. Leave a comment on Writers Helping Writers to enter to win a copy! Below is a sneak peek: When you […]

Benefits of Outlining Your Novel

Welcome to the last installment in our series of video/audio trailers, offering a sneak peek into the first chapter of Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success. Be sure to sign up for the last of our mini prize giveaways, before next week’s Grand Prize, worth over $400. Leave a comment to register for […]

Misconceptions About Outlining Your Novel

Today, we’re continuing with our series of video/audio trailers, offering a sneak peek into the first chapter of Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success. We’re also continuing our month of prize giveaways, building up to the Grand Prize, worth over $400, on September 26th. Be sure to leave a comment on this post […]

Should You Outline Your Novel?

Today, I’m thrilled to continue announcing my new book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success. The book, available September 26, 2011, features all kinds of tips on why outlining will make you a better writer, what kind of outline you should use, and how to put that outline to work to construct a […]