Suit up and Show up

How is it possible to get everything done in the middle of everything going on? September / October are my busiest, craziest months of the year and more times than I can count I’ve caught myself complaining: There’s no way I can get it all done. There’s no way I … READ MORE

3 Steps to Transforming a Blocked Mindset into One that Thrives

Mindset can make or break a writing journey. Many writers don’t realize how much their inner critic can impact their writing routine. Where are you at in your creativity mindset? Are you feeling stuck, confused, frustrated, satisfied, neutral, joyful, bottomed-out, inspired? We are less likely to reach the vision of … READ MORE

How to Interview your Character

I’m not a big fan of doing character profiles that span years of randomness that may or may not make it into the story. In some cases, the background detail can inform the story we’re writing—but in other cases, not so much. We can actually get ourselves in a bind … READ MORE

Story Structure–Midpoint

The Midpoint is a major turning point that occurs in the middle of all stories. This event falls smack-dab into the thick of things, so for it to make a difference, it’s got to fulfill several jobs: Raises the stakes for the hero Turns the story in a completely new … READ MORE

Grammar Grumble – Apostrophes

The apostrophe is one of the most misunderstood punctuation marks around. Probably because there are three different uses for it, each of which applies under some (but not all) circumstances: -marks omissions in contracted words -marks possession -marks plural form OMISSIONS IN CONTRACTED WORDS Two-word contractions The apostrophe replaces the … READ MORE

Why you need a story hook

The purpose of a story hook is to engage readers and lure them into your story. The basic definition behind a hook is “pose a question the reader wants answered.” That’s a good start, but how do you actually make that question interesting? I mean, it’s not like you necessarily … READ MORE

How to write a story premise

A story premise helps you know what kind of story you’re writing. This may seem like an odd step—after all, if you’re writing the story shouldn’t you know what kind of story you’re writing? The funny thing about stories, especially long-form stories, is that they tend to go off and … READ MORE

How to Begin Crafting Character Arcs

Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow? Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type … READ MORE

How to build a character from scratch

Story is about a character who has to fight harrowing odds to achieve the one thing he wants desperately. This means, in a nutshell, your story is all about a character in conflict. Conflict is what makes your character interesting and readable. We don’t have to like your character but … READ MORE

What are the most common weak words?

Weak words are a story’s nemesis. They are easy to use, serve multiple purposes, and act as quick fillers–but they drag your story down and dim your writing. They crop up like kittens unless we are paying strict attention to each sentence we compose. With care and time, you can … READ MORE