Top 10 Writing Posts of 2021

It is hard to believe we have just bid goodbye to 2021. For me, as for most of you I’m sure, it was a crazy year—crazier than 2020 in some respects. On a personal level, it was a year that seemed to bring one crisis after another, culminating with a big move in late summer. […]

My Top Books of 2021

Every year is a new reading adventure. This year, happily, was one of the best fiction-reading years I’ve had in a long time. I followed my heart a bit more than my head in choosing titles and ended up with some new favorites, as well as re-reading an old favorite that makes the list again […]

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Dear Wordplayers! As we close out another momentous year, I am happy to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays! For me, this time of the year is always one of reflection and gratitude. It has been quite a year—on all fronts. For me, personally, it was another year of significant changes in my […]

The Two Halves of the Climactic Moment

The Climactic Moment is the story in microcosm. The Climactic Moment is where the protagonist’s final relationship to the plot goal is determined by definitive success or failure, as is the character’s relationship to the thematic Lie and Truth. Although the events of the Climactic Moment might not be the “biggest” of the story, they […]

Announcing the Full-Cast Audio Production of Wayfarer!

Today, I get to do something I’ve never done before! I get to announce that my gaslamp fantasy Wayfarer is now available not just as an audio book but as a full-cast immersive audio production complete with original music and sound effects! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this one. Unabridged and […]

The Two Halves of the Third Plot Point

Like all the major structural turning points, the Third Plot Point is made up of two halves—which work together to create a scene arc (even though, technically, the entire arc of the beat might be told over the course of a scene sequence made up of many scenes). The halves that create this arc are […]

The Two Halves of the Midpoint

The Midpoint is unique among the major structural turning points. Not only is it made up of its own two individual halves—working together to create a scene arc—but the Midpoint also marks the dividing line between the two halves of the entire story arc. As we explored last year in our series on chiastic structure […]

Black Friday Deals for Writers

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. (And scroll down for a list of deals from all around the online writing community.)   Start Outlining Your Best Book Today As a reader […]

Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers! I’m taking this week off to focus on the things I’m grateful for in my life. Mostly just for fun, I thought I’d share a random list of some them: Wordplayers! This site, which keeps me learning and writing and thinking week after week, month after month, year after year. Beautiful, beautiful […]

The Two Halves of the First Plot Point

The First Plot Point is one of the most important turning points within the entire structure of story. As with all of the major structural beats, the idea of a “turning point” offers the inherent concept of two halves: turning away from one thing/state into another thing/state. The First Plot Point is often referred to […]