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

How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being

How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being By Jamie Friedlander In the past few years, articles about anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health conditions have taken the internet by storm—things that decades ago, many people were afraid to talk about. They feared doing so might make them appear … More How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax   And, now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The climax is the pièce de résistance of our gourmet meal of a novel. When we wheel out the climax and lift the serving dish’s gleaming silver lid, this is the bit that gets all the “oohs” and “aahs.” … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax