Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes   People hate change. We may sit around and wish our lives were different, but when the rubber really starts streaking the tarmac, we usually find ourselves wishing we could just hang out here in our safe and familiar haunts. Characters are no different. … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

How Changing Your Perception Can Help You Achieve Your Goals Faster

How Changing Your Perception Can Help You Achieve Your Goals Faster By Shawn Achor I spent a summer in college training in different warfare specialties as part of my Navy ROTC scholarship. One week during the training, my fellow cadets and I were invited to go out on one of the Navy’s crown jewels: an Aegis … More How Changing Your Perception Can Help You Achieve Your Goals Faster

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?   What if there were a sure-fire secret to creating stunning character arcs? Would you be interested in discovering it? If you care about connecting with readers, grabbing hold of their emotions, and creating stories that will resonate with them on a level deeper than … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

Searching for Meaning? Look to Your Most Extreme Experiences

Searching for Meaning? Look to Your Most Extreme Experiences By Jamie Friedlander In the past two years, my life has been hit with a series of difficult experiences. My grandmother died, I underwent an unexpectedly difficult shoulder surgery, my parents got divorced, and my father-in-law had a stroke. It felt like major challenges were hitting … More Searching for Meaning? Look to Your Most Extreme Experiences

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered Because of its fixed nature, story structure, once learned, is easy to grasp. However, it’s also a subject that inspires endless questions. A few weeks ago, while I was finishing up the last of the posts in this series, I asked those of you who follow me on … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered

11 Mental Health Quotes to Comfort You When You’re Struggling

11 Mental Health Quotes to Comfort You When You’re Struggling By SUCCESS Staff Feeling down? Read these mental health quotes to help you find light in the darkness, strength in the suffering and hope in your story. Related: How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being 1. “I can’t change the direction of … More 11 Mental Health Quotes to Comfort You When You’re Struggling

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 11: The Resolution

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 11: The Resolution   The resolution is always a bittersweet moment. You’ve reached the end of the story. You’ve climbed the mountain, and now you can plant your flag of completion at its peak. But as the finale of all your work, this is also the finale of all the fun you’ve … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 11: The Resolution