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Identifying Your Reader

One key factor to any marketing strategy’s success is knowing who your audience is, and yet, this tends to be the main ingredient many of my author clients miss from their marketing process. In my other life, I run the … Continue reading

Posted in Marketing, Promotion, Reader Interest, Resident Writing Coach, Social Networking | 7 Comments

Opening Scenes: 3 Critical Elements

One of the most common questions I get as an editor is, “Am I starting my novel in the right place?” Let’s discuss how you can craft an opening that subtly shows you are, in fact, starting in the right … Continue reading

Posted in Openings, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 8 Comments

The 8 Points of Progress

In a lecture series on Youtube, #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson talks about the three P’s of plot structure: Promise. Progress. Payoff.  Promises are particularly important in the beginning of the story, as they draw in the audience.  Progress keeps the … Continue reading

Posted in Action Scenes, Characters, Conflict, Endings, Middles, Motivation, Openings, Pacing, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Story Structure, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 9 Comments

Creating from the Familiar

Have you watched The Mandalorian yet? It’s worth it just to listen to the opening theme music. It has this haunting western-scifi feel that is utterly unique, compelling, and has a complexity that allows you to discover something new each time you … Continue reading

Posted in Motivational, Resident Writing Coach, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block | 2 Comments

7 Ways Deep POV Creates Emotional Connections With Readers

Deep POV (point of view) is a popular (and lately, divisive) writing style to employ. Many blogs about deep pov will list out the same four or six foundational tools as though any newbie could pick this up and run … Continue reading

Posted in Emotion, Point of View, Resident Writing Coach, Writing Craft | 14 Comments

Writing Better Dialogue

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where the dialogue has been so beautifully written that you are in that moment, experiencing the character’s emotions and hanging on to their every word? Or you know exactly what … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Dialogue, Resident Writing Coach, Voice, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 7 Comments

Your Character’s Job May Be More Important than You Think!

Confession time: when I was a newer writer, I didn’t think much about my character’s occupation. In fact, if they needed one, I’d pretty much assign the first thing that came to mind. I didn’t think hard about their career because … Continue reading

Posted in Backstory, Character Arc, Character Hobbies, Character Traits, Characters, Conflict, Description, Motivation, Occupation Thesaurus Guide, Stereotypes, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 5 Comments