My Novel Outline Process

Whether you’re a panster or a plotter, you will need to have an idea of your story’s plot, why your characters are on their journeys, and what will happen when everything comes together at the end. A novel outline can help you organize your big ideas so that you can … READ MORE

How to Find and Fix Plot Holes

A plot hole is a gap in your story where you are lacking critical information. Such gaps create confusion and lack of credibility in your story. Some plot holes are minor and only require a tweak here or there, where others are severe enough that it affects the entire storyline. … READ MORE

How to Bring Your Story Full-Circle

Stories resonate with readers more effectively when they come full-circle. Characters need to undergo some kind of change or growth (for better or for worse), and this change is best gauged by how they see their outer world and their inner landscape compared to their views at the beginning of … READ MORE

Writing Prompt Challenge

Hey there, Writers! Swinging through with a special announcement! I’m running a writing prompt challenge this week along with my good friend and excellent writer, Mayumi Hirtzel, author of Number Seven and the Life Left Behind. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage you to write without fear or … READ MORE

Is Your Inciting Incident Strong Enough?

A catalyst for change, the Inciting Incident must be strong enough to launch your protagonist out of their Current World through a Call to Action they cannot deny. Is your Inciting Incident doing the job it needs to do to crack open your protagonist’s comfort zone and push them into … READ MORE

Four Ways to Decide if You Should Show or Tell

Show, don’t Tell is a common guideline authors hear over and over. But does this mean you should never “tell”? No, of course not, but it does mean we have to figure out the best places in our writing where “telling” is better than “showing” and vice versa. In this … READ MORE

Six Must-Haves that Belong in Your First Page

Your first page needs to contain six must-have factors that pull readers into the story and propel them to turn the page. In this blog post I’ll discuss the six things you need in your first page to create a strong story opening so that you have a better chance … READ MORE

Drop the Writer’s Guilt

Writing while under stress may cause more stress. Don’t spend energy on guilt for not writing. In this blog post I talk about why giving yourself permission to not write is helpful in alleviating the guilt and what you can do with your writer-self so that you can make a … READ MORE

Two Steps to Get to Know Your Story

Before you start writing your book, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the story you want to tell. This may make you think you can’t freely explore your story, but this is actually a great way to get to know your story better so you can write it … READ MORE

Why a positive creativity mindset is so important

Nurturing a positive creativity mindset is one of the most important aspects of a successful creative life. Staying positive affects how you’re able to show up to your writer self, how you allow or disallow creative energy to flow through you, and the state of your creative self. In today’s … READ MORE