Story Structure

Story structure is often taught by story analysts as plot, but it is really the DNA of our protagonist’s internal journey to transformation. Without a sense of a beginning, middle...

Why I Write

So many of my students and potential students come to me wanting to know how to get published and produced. They want their work to be read, to be seen. But what they really want is for themselves to be seen.

First-Time Novelist: Write the First Draft Quickly

Once you have an outline, it is time to begin your first draft. The goal is to write the first draft quickly. Why? Let me tell you.

Why Writers Should Embrace Doubt

Doubt exists in each of us much of the time. We are unsure about our futures, our relationships, our new tile in the bathroom, our car insurance, etc. Doubt is the cradle of conflict, both internal and external. In the heart of every character lives a dilemma. As you become curious about that dilemma, it will lead you to what is universal in your story.

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The other morning, I was lying in bed next to my wife. I’m half-asleep and I can hear a dog barking in the house next door or somewhere off in...

What is Genius?

I don’t like it when people use the term genius, primarily because I think the word is misused. I believe that genius is an aspect of our nature, rather than...

setting a daily word count

First-time Novelists: Setting a Daily Word Count

Consistency is the key. Set a writing goal. Can you write 750 to 1000 words a day? If you can do that, you will have a first draft in around...

The Real Meaning of “Write What You Know”

Write what you know. We’ve heard this so often. What does it mean? Does it mean that if I am a mechanic I should only write about mechanics? If I...

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

First-time Novelists: Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

Feelings Aren’t Facts  I used to be amazed at the madness of my mind. One day, I think my writing is brilliant, and the next I’m cringing with embarrassment. It’s...

story conflict

Using Your Credo to Create Story Conflict

As writers, it is important to investigate and become conscious of those things that we feel strongly about, those issues that inflame our passion. Be curious about your ideas of...