Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why I talk to my wonderful mother on the phone every night. We talk about everything from health to books to psychology to faith to whatever might be making us grumpy at the moment. This week while discussing health and diet, she shared something she’d read … More Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue

  Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue For many people, dialogue is the heartbeat of fiction. As arguably the only true form of “showing” in written fiction, it offers an inexhaustible source of energy for dramatizing characters, catalyzing conflict, and enhancing every available opportunity for entertainment. That’s why it’s so important to take full … More Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue

6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals Quick. Tell me what your characters want. Maybe you have an immediate answer. Maybe your protagonist wants to save the world, survive, or live happily ever after. While those are all legit goals that have powered hundreds of good stories, what I’m talking about is what your characters want. … More 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

Master the Plot Points That Matter/ Five Essential Novel Plot Points

Master the Plot Points That Matter/ Five Essential Novel Plot Points The Novel Framework You write your novel building scene by scene and organizing those scenes in sequences and chapters. You create story arcs and character arcs to build throughout the story. But, if your novel lacks even one of the five major plot points, … More Master the Plot Points That Matter/ Five Essential Novel Plot Points

What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton” Hamilton is an international sensation. Fusing hip-hop and musical theater, Lin-Manuel Miranda created an impressive telling of Alexander Hamilton’s life story. As writers, there’s a lot we can learn from the show, its creation, and its namesake. As Aaron Burr says in Aaron Burr, Sir, let me … More What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved Story is action. Verbs create action. When your characters act, readers turn pages. But, you may slow down your readers when you go inside your character’s head. Not because you are going inside their head but because you revert to thought verbs. What are thought verbs? They are … More Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

7 Things Your Character Is Hiding

7 Things Your Character Is Hiding   Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious … More 7 Things Your Character Is Hiding