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Preparing for NaNoWriMo: Your Guide to Outlining Success

Forget turkeys and football. NaNoWriMo—or National Novel Writing Month—has turned November into  “da Writing Month.” But as so many authors have learned over the years, the best way to be successful in November is to start preparing for NaNoWriMo in October (aka Preptober). If you’re going to have a decent shot at writing 50k good words […]

Before You Outline: How To Discover Your Story’s Big Moments

Before You Outline: How to Discover Your Story’s Big Moments

Too often, writers maintain a limiting viewpoint of outlines as “a list of scenes.” But outlining can (and should) be so much more. For starters, there’s all that good stuff in the outline before you outline. Before you ever get to the scene list, there are a gabillion important questions for you to ask about your […]

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How to Outline Your Novel

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Won’t outlines limit your creativity and rob the joy of discovery from your first draft? Why spend all that time preparing for a story when you could be writing it? The question of “how to outline your novel” sometimes seems like poking a sleeping bear with […]

How To Outline Your Book Series

How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books

Every good series has to start somewhere. If you’re of the mindset (as I am) that a problem as complicated as the novel is best approached from the big-picture view of an outline, then it only makes sense that the even greater complexities of serial fiction will benefit even more when their authors understand how […]

7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long

7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long

Mention “NaNoWriMo” to a fellow writer and you’ll get one of two responses. They might just stare at you with raised eyebrows, wondering if your tongue tripped on its way out of bed that morning. More likely, however, their eyes will light up. NaNoWriMo–or National Novel Writing Month–has become the writer’s equivalent of the playoffs. It’s the […]

November 2016 | Podcast Episode Archives

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. 3 Tips for Weaving Together Your Story’s Pieces (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 6): It’s impossible to figure out how to outline any one aspect of your story in isolation. Instead, learn 3 ways to “bob and weave” from one […]

October 2016 | Podcast Episode Archives

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. October 2016 4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 5): Backstory influences plot events, character motives, and thematic subtext. Here are the only 4 questions you need to find your best backstory. How to Find […]

Top 10 Writing Posts of 2016

Top 10 Writing Posts of 2016

Did we really just wave goodbye to 2016 and enter that nebulous hinterland in which we frequently embarrass ourselves by putting the wrong year on our checks? Yep, looks like. 2016 was something of a landmark year for me. On a personal level, my life has changed in many ways I wasn’t expecting, and I […]

8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You’re At It)

“The plot was contrived, and the characters were cardboard.” Ouch. That’s about as bad as it can get when it comes to negative story reviews. It’s also perhaps one of the most common complaints audiences have about stories. Certainly, it’s one that irritates me the most! Here’s the thing though: cardboard characters often cause plot contrivances—and […]

Do You Have to Write Every Day? 10 Pros and Cons

Should writers make it a habit to write every day? Is that the secret to success? Is that what distinguishes “real” writers? I used to think so. Often, when someone would ask me for my single recommendation for other writers, my go-to response was to reiterate some form of the advice from Peter de Vries […]