Category Archives: About Us

Mapping Your Story’s Setting

As writers, we do our best to know our story’s setting as intimately as we know our characters. We can visualize the buildings, rooms, and geographic landscape. Maybe we even know the climate well enough to feel its heat or … Continue reading

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Milestones that Provide a Valuable Opportunity to Look Back

So, funny story. In January, Becca and I hit 10 years of blogging. TEN YEARS. That’s a lot of time, but also not a lot of time, because we all know time flows differently in the book business. It’s all … Continue reading

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Writing By Design Part 2: Pattern and Repetition

In my previous installment, I introduced you to writing by design and how you can use techniques from the visual arts to inform your writing. In particular, we looked at the concept of space and how the finite nature of … Continue reading

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What Does Your Protagonist Want BEFORE the Story Starts?

Imagine getting up in the morning and not wanting anything (not even coffee). No, seriously, try. Imagine having no agenda. Sure, that may sound great for a bit – especially given that crazy-busy seems to be the new normal. But … Continue reading

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Owning Your Writing Career in 2018

For writers with a desire to draft, edit, or complete a book, the New Year is a shining beacon of hope and productivity. For 90% of the writing population, the first couple of weeks of January are a feverish haze … Continue reading

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Best of the Best: Free Resources to Power Up Your Writing

It doesn’t take many visits to see that providing writers with what they need to succeed is pretty serious business around here. And because the ‘ol pocketbook can be a bit flat this time of year, we wanted to shine … Continue reading

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Three Powerful Techniques To Harness A Reader’s Curiosity

Psychology has spent over a century studying human behavior; our emotions, thoughts, needs and wants, what draws us in and what pushes us away. This means psychology can teach us a lot about our stories, our characters, and how to … Continue reading

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So What’s Your Book About?, or, Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch

You may think that elevator pitches are only for high-tech startups, job hunters, or Hollywood screenwriters, but being able to succinctly summarize your book in a very short space is a skill that every writer must master. The elevator pitch … Continue reading

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Episodic vs. Epic: Go Bigger with Your Writing

One of the most common reasons given by authors for why they write is a desire to create something meaningful for their readers, something that will stick with them or make a difference. One thing that helps our stories feel … Continue reading

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One Stop For Writers December Deal: 25% off All Plans

This is a bit scary, but do you realize we are less than three weeks from Christmas? THREE WEEKS, people. I feel like a giant, multi-tentacled time-eating monster came along and made a buffet out of the calendar. I mean, … Continue reading

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