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...

why we write

First-Time Novelist: Why We Write

Why we write is more important than what we write. We were born to express ourselves. The desire to write is connected to the desire to evolve, to resolve something...

CHARACTER TRANSFORMATION

A fundamental understanding of transformation is crucial to having anything more than an intellectual relationship to structure. We have all read the books on three-act-structure. By the way, what lasting...

First-Time Novelist: “What is the Book Market Looking For?”

“What does the market want?” I hear this question frequently from first-time novelists, as if there’s some secret, as if their job is to figure it out, so that they...

desire to write

THE DESIRE TO WRITE

The Desire to Write We begin flush with excitement, thrilled at the opportunity to express something in a way the world has never known. As we go deeper into the...

What do I write next?

What do I write next?

Writers tell me frequently: “I have three ideas. Which one should I write next?” In the 90-day novel workshop, the first exercise we do is we write for five minutes,...

Story Structure

Story Structure

Hi Writers, I just taught a free workshop to my mailing list on story structure. The most common misperception is that “Structuring” your story is “plotting” your story. It isn’t....