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 […]

Violence in Fiction: 6 Archetypes

From KMW: The dictionary tells us the definition of violence is: “Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.” By that definition, we can recognize that violence in fiction is a staple. Almost every story features some example, even if it’s “just” verbal aggression. Certain genres, such as mysteries and […]

“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 […]

Write Better Action Scenes: Make It About the Characters

[From KMW: Since I am traveling this week, I’m offering up a shorter post today about how to write better action scenes. For my birthday, I gave myself a month-long “writing retreat” in the mountains! I’ll be posting regular content again next week, and you can check Instagram for some peeks into my adventures.] As […]

Figure Out Your Story’s Magic System Using Story Structure

From KMW: If you’ve ever written a story that falls into the broad genre of speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and all their many many subgenres), then you may have faced one of the main challenges of the genre: creating a magic system. A magic system can be anything from a thoroughly elaborate high concept […]