Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need   Man vs. Self—it’s the most archetypal of all stories. This is because all stories are ultimately rooted in the primal and personal struggle of a character’s inner conflict. As individuals, our conflicts with others or the world itself are almost inevitably either reflections or projections of … More Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

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

Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You Is writing a priority on your list? If you’re a serial procrastinator, you look at that list with writing at the very top and think, “What can I do instead?” Well, it’s probably not that flagrant. It’s more like the siren call of the internet subtly pulls your … More Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

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”

Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest The English language is tricky. Words can sound the same but have very different meanings. This makes mastering grammatical rules difficult. One set of confusing words are peek, peak, and pique. All three words share the same pronunciation, pēk, but have unique definitions and usage. Peek Peek in … More Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

Do You Know the Key Differences Between UK and US English?

Do You Know the Key Differences Between UK and US English? Sometimes it feels like British English and American English might as well be different languages. Football versus soccer, loo versus bathroom, queue versus line… the differences are endless! We can’t help you figure all those out, but we can help with alternate spellings between … More Do You Know the Key Differences Between UK and US English?