Category Archives: About Us

The Key Components of a Compelling Character (According to Psychology)

 We’re fascinated by our fellow humans. In fact, we have a profound desire to try and understand the thoughts and feelings bouncing around other people, the characters on TV…the hero introduced on your first page. From an evolutionary perspective, this … Continue reading

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Announcing The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition!

Keeping secrets are hard, especially keeping happy, year-long ones from the people we care about. So you can imagine how terrific it is to finally share with you that the mystery thesaurus Becca and I have been working on this … Continue reading

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How to Get Emotion Onto the Page

It is a truth universally acknowledged: you have to hook the reader right out of the starting gate. From the very first sentence your story must incite that delicious sense of urgency that makes readers have to know what happens next. But … Continue reading

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The Next Thesaurus Book Is Coming…And You Could Win An ARC!

Oh my gosh, it’s almost time for us to share what the next description thesaurus book in our collection will be, and we CAN’T WAIT. The official cover reveal will be on January 21st and we hope you will join … Continue reading

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Want Readers to Fall in Love With Your Hero? Create The Perfect Hero Lens

We writers worry about all sorts of things: traits, arcs, themes, motives etc. But even when we’ve got all of those things sorted, bridging the gap between the black ink and the reader’s heart can still require something more… That … Continue reading

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A New Thesaurus Book is Coming…And We Need Your Help!

Can I tell you a secret? There’s a book that Becca and I have wanted to work on for a long time now, but it seemed like it was never a good time. Always we had another Thesaurus book to … Continue reading

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Top Gifts For Writers: 2018 Edition

It’s that time again! Shopping for people can be crazy-making, except when it comes to writers. Then it’s  a super fun time, because there are just so many neat, fun, thoughtful gifts we can pass on to our writing friends…or … Continue reading

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An Unbelievable “Advent Calendar For Writers” Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love a good Advent Calendar? I mean, it’s the perfect lead up to the holiday…tiny windows filled with chocolate treats that ramp up our anticipation. Of course, now you can find calendars for all sorts of things: wine, … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday Starts Now! 50% off One Stop for Writers

Hi everyone! This time of year can be a bit stressful with the holidays approaching, so we thought we’d pass along a nice discount for our 6-month plan. Right now, grab it at 50% off and dig into all the … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus 200,000 Book Milestone Giveaway (Last Day!)

It’s rather mind-blowing to know there’s 200,000 Emotion Thesaurus books are out there in the world so of course Becca and I wanted to run a giveaway! Have you entered yet? We’re drawing for several signed sets of The Emotion … Continue reading

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