Most Common Writing Mistakes: How You May Be Killing Your Story’s Tension

Most Common Writing Mistakes: How You May Be Killing Your Story’s Tension How can you keep your story moving forward in scenes that don’t offer full-blown conflict? No doubt you’ve heard the aphorism, “No conflict, no story.” But your characters can’t be clawing each other’s eyes out in every scene. So how do you keep readers hooked … More Most Common Writing Mistakes: How You May Be Killing Your Story’s Tension

Most Common Writing Mistakes: How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters

Most Common Writing Mistakes: How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters Half of what your character does in your story is going to be reaction. Fiction is all about pushing and pulling. Your antagonist pushes your protagonist, and your protag moves away, considers the situation for a moment, then pushes right back. That’s reaction. That’s the … More Most Common Writing Mistakes: How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters

Rohn: Spring Is the Season of Opportunity—Don’t Waste It

Rohn: Spring Is the Season of Opportunity—Don’t Waste It Everyone has to get good at one of two things: planting in the spring or begging in the fall. Jim Rohn I know the following things to be true: Life is about constant, predictable patterns of change. The only constant factor is our feelings and attitudes … More Rohn: Spring Is the Season of Opportunity—Don’t Waste It

Most Common Writing Mistakes: The Case of the Vanishing Setting

Most Common Writing Mistakes: The Case of the Vanishing Setting As authors, we usually consider ourselves the masters of the crimes committed in our stories—not the victims. But, as Sherlock, Poirot, and Castle will tell you, the sneakiest crimes are always those in which the victim doesn’t even realize he’s been ripped off. Such is … More Most Common Writing Mistakes: The Case of the Vanishing Setting