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An Easy Way To Notch Up Your Scene Conflict

An Easy Way to Notch Up Your Scene Conflict

Scene conflict is what keeps your story running, chapter after chapter, page after page. Conflict is the heart of each scene, and each of those scenes is one of the dozens of tiny engines keeping your plot moving forward—and your readers glued to the page. It’s helpful to think of scene conflict as not so much […]

January 2015 | Podcast Episode Archive

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. January 2015 Ep. 239: The Lazy Author’s Way to Identify and Overcome Writing Weaknesses: Go beyond the vague sense that’s something wrong with your story and use these five tips to figure out what your writing weaknesses are. Ep. 238: Get […]

April 2015 | Podcast Episode Archive

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. April 2015 Ep. 252: Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext: Take a look at how poor prologues sap stories, how no prologue can strengthen stories, and how to determine if your story is one of the exceptions. […]

June 2015 | Podcast Episode Archive

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. June 2015 Ep. 257: 3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier: As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips! Ep. […]

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 […]

September 2016 | Podcast Episode Archives

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. September 2016 7 Questions You Have About Scenes vs. Chapters: Let’s take a look at seven important questions about scenes vs. chapters, which will help you better understand and control your narrative. The Secret to Writing Dynamic Characters: It’s Always Their Fault: […]

Learn How To Write Smashing First and Last Lines

8 1/2 Tips for How to Write Opening and Closing Lines Readers Will Love to Quote

When I’m scanning an Amazon preview to decide if a book is going to be worth my time, the first test is always the opening line. A sloppy, casual, or plain-Jane opening line instantly makes me suspect I’m looking at the work of an author who is an outright amateur or, at the best, someone […]

3 Ways to Test Your Story’s Emotional Stakes

Part 14 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel You can do almost everything right in a story, and it will not matter. Acing your story structure, constructing a solid thematic premise, and punching your card on every important character-arc beat will not matter—if you don’t also nail the emotional stakes. The craft of storytelling […]

How To Troubleshoot and Repair Any Scene

8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene–and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous

So there I was: sitting at my desk, notebook in front of me—and absolutely no words staring back at me. The problem? I knew what needed to happen in this scene, but now that the time had come to write it, it seemed flat as a roadkill raccoon. It was clearly time to troubleshoot a […]

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The Greatest Show on Earth

Movie: Directed by Cecil B. DeMille Inciting Event: Trapeze superstar the Great Sebastian arrives in a fabulous characteristic moment: careening into the railyard just as the circus train is about to depart, driving his convertible much too fast and tailed by half a dozen motorcycle cops who all caught him on traffic violations. Sebastian immediately […]