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Designing a Memorable Villain

Designing a Memorable Villain

Discover in this post … -The difference between an antagonist and a villain—and whether morally gray is a better choice than straight-up “evil.” -How to craft a compelling villain that readers love to... ...more

Novel Writing

May 20, 202412 min read

Interview with Michael Head: How to Become a Successful, Full-Time Fantasy Author

Interview with Michael Head: How to Become a Successful, Full-Time Fantasy Author

Discover in this post … -Michael’s exact path to financial success as an author. -the items writers should focus on if they’re looking to get serious about their writing career. -the best ways authors... ...more

Novel Writing

April 20, 202414 min read

Demystifying Character Voice  

Demystifying Character Voice  

Discover in this post … - a simple definition of character voice. - four excerpts from published novels that display strong voice. - ways to apply the methods in the excerpts to your own writing. ...more

Novel Writing

March 20, 202413 min read

How to Diagnose a Broken Scene

How to Diagnose a Broken Scene

Discover in this post … -how to decide if you should cut or keep a scene. -four ways to diagnose a broken scene. -how to fix weak scenes. ...more

Novel Writing

February 20, 202414 min read

Premise vs. Plot: Don’t Let Your Story Idea Fizzle Out

Premise vs. Plot: Don’t Let Your Story Idea Fizzle Out

Discover in this post … -the difference between premise and plot. -examples to illustrate that difference. -how knowing the distinction can help you on a practical level. ...more

Novel Writing

January 20, 20248 min read

5 Ways to Maintain Your Writing Momentum

5 Ways to Maintain Your Writing Momentum

Discover in this post … -the value of momentum in your writing. -five ways to keep you moving forward in your writing each day. -explanations of how to put the given strategies into practice. ...more

Novel Writing

December 20, 202313 min read

10 Tips for First-Rate Critique Groups

10 Tips for First-Rate Critique Groups

Discover in this post … -What’s a writing critique group? -How can joining such a group benefit me and my writing? -What are the ten most important guidelines for a successful group? ...more

Novel Writing

November 20, 202315 min read

3 Ways to Use Questions to Revolutionize Your Writing

3 Ways to Use Questions to Revolutionize Your Writing

Discover in this post … -how curiosity can serve you as a writer. -three ways to ask deeper questions to enhance your writing and writing habits. -sample questions you can ask yourself in each of the ... ...more

Novel Writing

October 20, 202311 min read

How to Be the Hero of Your Own Story

How to Be the Hero of Your Own Story

Discover in this post … - how to identify and pursue the character traits that matter most to you. - three areas to focus on if you want to succeed as a writer. - practical ways to act on the decision... ...more

Novel Writing

September 20, 202312 min read

Show & Tell: What’s Best for My Story?

Show & Tell: What’s Best for My Story?

Discover in this post … -whether “Show, don’t tell” is a myth -examples of showing and telling at the scene level and the sentence level -when to show and when to tell to create a cohesive story ...more

Novel Writing

August 20, 202311 min read

Why You Should Write in Scenes, Not Chapters

Why You Should Write in Scenes, Not Chapters

Discover in this post … -a clear distinction between “scene” and “chapter.” -two reasons to write in scenes rather than chapters during your first draft. -how to control pacing and suspense by breakin... ...more

Novel Writing

July 21, 20237 min read

4 Qualities That Will Make or Break a Writer, Part 2

4 Qualities That Will Make or Break a Writer, Part 2

Discover in this post … -a review of the two qualities I discussed last month. -two more traits successful writers have in common. -a strategy to ensure your thoughts work for you, not against you. ...more

Novel Writing

June 21, 20238 min read

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