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Helping Writers Become Authors

English, Literature, 16 seasons, 667 episodes, 6 days, 47 minutes
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Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)
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Ep. 648: My Top Books of 2023

Check out some of my favorite books from 2023 in three categories: Fiction, Writing How-To, and General Non-Fiction.
12/18/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 646: How to Market a Book: 6 Steps From a Full-Time Author

Knowing how to market a book starts with identifying your personal marketing ethos. After that, take these six steps to connect with readers.
12/11/202320 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 645: 14 Do's and Don'ts of Time Management for Writers (from a Recovering Over-Achiever)

Time management for writers starts with practical steps for aligning your daily schedule to your vision for your writing life.
11/27/202319 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 644: "There and Back Again": The Lord of the Rings and the Power of Despair in Fiction

To create fiction that offers life-changing hope, authors must be willing to also embrace the power of despair in fiction. Here are 5 tips.
10/30/202321 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 643: How to Use Archetypes in a Series

Consider the following four approaches to how to use archetypes in a series so you can determine which feels most resonant for your story.
10/9/202317 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 642: How Meditation Can Inspire Your Next Story

Whether you're using a guided approach or just freewheeling, here are five ideas for how meditation can inspire your next story idea.
10/2/202317 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 641: Announcing Archetypal Character Guided Meditations! (+Giveaway)

Based on six transformational character arcs, these Archetypal Character Guided Meditations will help writers brainstorm even better stories.
9/25/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 640: What Are Antagonistic Proxies? And How Can They Help Your Story?

Here are four tips for how to use antagonistic proxies to your advantage, depending on your story's needs, without complicating your story.
9/18/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 639: Where Should You Start Plotting Your Story?

An overview of the main concerns when deciding where to start plotting a story, depending on where it makes the most sense for you.
9/11/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 638: Hot Tip for Character Relationships: The Relationship IS a Character

One of the best tricks for writing memorable character relationships is to think of each relationship as an entity of its own. Here's how.
8/28/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 637: How to Rediscover the Joy of Writing

What happens when you lose the joy? Learn how to rediscover the joy of writing you experienced way back at the beginning of your journey,
8/21/202323 minutes, 9 seconds
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What Are Plot Devices? (Why You Should Be Cautious)

Learning how to identify plot devices and fully support them on every page of your story is a huge step toward writing cohesive and resonant fiction.
8/14/202317 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 635: How to Write Interesting Happy Scenes? 6 Tips

Six tips for how to write interesting happy scenes that will become some of your readers favorite moments in the story.
7/31/202317 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 634: 8 Different Types of Scenes

Understanding some of the main types of scenes can help you recognize which choice is right for your story at any particular moment.
7/24/202319 minutes
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Ep. 633: How to Discover What Your Character Fears

Understanding what your character fears can offer significant insights into your story and its underlying themes.
7/10/202314 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 632: A New Way to Think About the Lie the Character Believes

Learn how the Lie the Character Believes is a gauge of the character's relationship with reality--and how to use it to upgrade character arcs.
7/3/202314 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 631: What Does Your Character Want? Desire vs. Plot Goal vs. Moral Intention vs. Need

Writers can find value and nuance by digging deeper into the functionality of these four terms in answering: "What does your character want?"
6/26/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 630: What's the Difference? Your Character's Ghost vs. Wound vs. Lie vs. Weakness

All four terms--Ghost vs. wound vs. Lie vs. weakness--refer to a pain point for your character. Here's how to understand the nuances.  
6/19/202316 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 629: The Daily Routine of a Full-Time Writer

Join me for a peek into my daily routine as a full-time writer!
6/12/202315 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 628: Imposter Syndrome for Writers Is a Real Thing (+ the Key to Slaying It)

How to transform imposter syndrome for writers from an enemy into a tool for growing yourself throughout the journey of the writing life.
6/5/202317 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 627: 5 Ways to Use Your Character's Shadows to Power Your Story

Here are five places in your story where you can use your character's shadows to create amazing complexity and thematic resonance.
5/29/202317 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 626: How to Create Insanely Complex Characters Using "Shadow Theory"

"Shadow theory" is one of the most intuitive tools a writer can use to identify the contrasting elements that create complex characters.
5/21/202317 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 625: Why There's No Such Thing as "Just a Story"

Four reasons why the dismissive statement "it's just a story" is not only erroneous, but one of humanity's most the dangerous lies.
5/15/202315 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 624: Tips on Hiring and Working with a Book Cover Designer (And New Cover Reveal for Dreamlander!)

Step-by-step guide to finding the right book cover designer, preparing for the design process, and achieving an effective collaboration.
5/8/202315 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 623: The Backstory Drip (Backstory Techniques, Pt. 3 of 3)

Discover the versatile and effective technique of the backstory drip by learning four techniques for revealing backstory in your story.
5/1/202318 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 622: Backstory-as-Story vs. Alternating Timelines (Backstory Techniques, Pt. 2 of 3)

Backstory techniques are crucial to the success of any story. Backstory-as-story and alternating timelines are two possible approaches.
4/24/202316 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 621: Prologues vs. Flashbacks (Backstory Techniques, Pt. 1 of 3)

Learn how to use four specific backstory techniques to share character histories with your audience, starting with prologues and flashbacks.
4/17/202317 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 620: How Archetypes Changed My Life and My Writing

When "good writing" strikes its steel upon the flint of archetypes, there is a sudden unity of truth between author and reader.
3/27/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 619: Here Are Two Ways to Write Organic Themes

Learn how organic themes arise from plot (and vice versa) and specifically how to recognize five important elements of an organic theme.
3/20/202320 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 618: Genre Tips: How to Write Literary Fiction

Learning how to write literary fiction can be helpful not only in writing the genre itself, but in raising the vibration on any type of story.
3/6/202319 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 617: Genre Tips: How to Write Mystery

Learning how to write mystery stories involves the most impressive trick of all: outsmarting readers while still playing fair with the clues.
2/27/202317 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 616: Genre Tips: How to Write Historical Fiction

Learning how to write historical fiction requires the skills to a well-drawn story, with the added responsibility of evoking times gone by.
2/20/202320 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 615: Genre Tips: How to Write Romance

Learning how to write romance requires both strong technique and the courage to write vulnerably about this integral part of life.
2/13/202318 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 614: Genre Tips: How to Write Fantasy

Fantasy combines imagination and innovation with deep roots in archetype and myth. Here are five tips for how to write fantasy.
2/6/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 613: 5 Tips for How to Return to Writing After a Long Break

Making a return to writing after a long time away can feel overwhelming or even bewildering. Here are five tips to set you up for success.
1/30/202318 minutes, 7 seconds
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Your Story Isn't Working? Here Are 6 Problems to Troubleshoot

If you currently feel your story isn't working, double-check you've ticked these six important boxes in writing a cohesive story that works.
1/23/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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6 Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Writer's Block

Long-term writer's block can be scary and confusing. Here are six important lessons to help you through the experience.
1/16/202323 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 610: Looking Back on 2022: 5 Reflections on a Year of Healing

I share with you 5 gifts from a year of healing, in hopes you may also find them healing or inspiring in your own journey into the New Year.
1/2/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 609: 15 of My Favorite Books in 2022

Check out some of my favorite books from 2022 in three categories: Fiction, Writing How-To, and General Non-Fiction.
12/12/202212 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 608: What Are the Best Places to Write? 15 Tips to Create the Perfect Writing Space

Discover important ingredients, ideas, and tools to help you tell your stories even in situations that may not be the best places to write.
12/5/202217 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 607: 8 Tips for Dealing With Negative Reviews of Your Book

Examines why negative reviews of your book may be impacting you and how to re-center your perspective afterwards.
11/7/202220 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 606: Top 14 Tips and Tools for Creating Unique Character Voices

Creating unique character voices is one of the great challenges of writing fiction. Here are nine considerations and five tips for creating yours.
10/31/202219 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 605: 9 Negative Character Arcs in the Enneagram

Explores nine negative character arcs in the Enneagram personality theory, including the thematic Truths the characters are missing.
10/17/202222 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 604: 9 Positive Character Arcs in the Enneagram

Explore nine positive character arcs in the Enneagram personality theory, including the Lie each character starts out believing.
10/10/202218 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 603: Do You Need Personal Experience to Write About Something?

Do you need personal experience to write about something? Turns out there are four ways to "know" something, and experience is just one.
9/5/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 602: 7 Tips for How to Add Complexity to Your Story

Here are seven tips for how to add complexity to your story without crossing the line into unwanted complications.
8/29/202218 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 601: Is Your Story Too Complicated? Here Are 9 Signs

You want your story to be complex, not complicated. Is your story too complicated? Here are nine important things to think about.
8/22/202215 minutes
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Ep. 600: How to Write Emotional Scenes (Without Making Them Cringey)

One of the most important keys to creating good fiction is understanding how to write emotional scenes in a way that feels genuine.
8/15/202215 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 599: How Perfect Does Your Story's Structural Timing Have to Be?

A closer look at the mechanics of structural timing. What is it? Why is it important? And how precise does it have to be?
8/8/202217 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 598: 13 Rules to Be a Better Beta Reader

Not all beta readers are created equal. Just as you can learn to be a better writer, you can also learn to be a better beta reader.
8/1/202217 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 597: How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

How you structure a story with multiple main characters will depend on which type of plot you're working with.
7/25/202217 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 596: 7 Tips for Opening Your Story In Medias Res

Discover the pros and cons of opening your story in medias res (or "in the middle" of action) and use these tips to refine your use of it.
7/18/202219 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 595: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About In Medias Res

Is opening your story in medias res compatible with the Three-Act Structure? The secret is in understanding how the First Act functions.
7/11/202216 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 594: 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You're At It)

If your story suffers from cardboard characters, it probably also suffers from plot contrivances. Good news: if you fix one, you fix both.
6/27/202217 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 593: Understanding the New Normal World of a Story's Resolution

In many ways, the New Normal World of a story's Resolution is what successfully completes the context of the entire story.
6/20/202215 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 592: Understanding the Underworld of a Story's Third Act

The Underworld of a Story's Third Act is symbolically important for creating powerful and realistic change with your characters and plot.
6/13/202215 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 591: Understanding the Adventure World of a Story's Second Act

Writers can use the metaphoric Adventure World of a story's Second Act to better understand this crucial part of story structure.
6/6/202214 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 590: Understanding the Normal World of a Story's First Act

Authors need to understand the four "worlds" represented within a story's structure, the first of which is the Normal World of the First Act.
5/30/202214 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 589: Deepening Your Story's Theme With the Thematic Square

If you want to deepen the complexity of your story's theme, one tool you can employ is Robert McKee's thematic square.
5/23/202218 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 588: 6 Ways to Find Your Best Ideas Before You Start Writing

Use these six ways to find your best ideas for writing your book, as you cultivate, channel, and honor your deeper inspiration.
5/16/202214 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 587: The Role of the Antagonist in Story Structure, Pt. 2 of 2

Examines the role of the antagonist in the second half of a story's structure--the Second Pinch Point through the Resolution.
5/9/202215 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 586: The Role of the Antagonist in Story Structure, Pt. 1 of 2

The major plot beats in a story are interwoven with the protagonist's journey. But what is the role of the antagonist in story structure?
5/2/202222 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 585: Do You Have to Write Every Day? 10 Pros and Cons

Should writers make it a habit to write every day? Here are five pros of writing every day, as well as five potential cons.
4/25/202218 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 584: The 6 Challenges of Writing a Second Novel

Writing a second novel can often be surprisingly harder than the first one. Check out six challenges sophomore writers often face.
4/18/202219 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 583: 14 Tips for Dealing With the Passage of Time in a Story

Ask these important questions to make sure the passage of time in a story is strengthening rather than weakening its narrative power.
4/11/202219 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 582: 6 Ways to Craft Spectacular Set-Piece Scenes

Here are six important considerations to keep in mind when amping up your story's most important scenes--its set-piece scenes.
3/28/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 581: How to Know When You're a Successful Author?

The question of "how to know when you're a successful author?" offers some obvious answers--and yet the subject is far more complex.
3/14/202216 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 580: Should You Take a Break From Writing? 5 Red Flags

When should you take a break from writing? And once you've taken that step, what in heaven's name are you going to do with yourself?
2/28/202220 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 579: 9 Ways to Approach Relationship Dynamics in Fiction

Creating an amazing supporting cast that can offer important relationship dynamics in fiction will also help develop your protagonist.
2/21/202214 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #578: Archetypes and Story Structure: How They're Connected

Learn how archetypes and story structure mirror each other in any individual book and can be used to further strengthen your story.
2/14/202225 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 577: Making Story Structure Your Own

Here are a five important questions you, as a writer of fiction, can ask yourself to help you in making story structure your own.
2/7/202214 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 576: Conflict in Fiction: What It Really Is and Why It's Important to Plot

There’s nothing incorrect in using confrontation to create conflict in fiction. But to understand conflict as only confrontation is too narrow a definition.
1/31/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #575: The Writer's Inner Critic: 10 Ways to Tell if Yours Is Healthy

Learn how to increase the health and effectiveness of the writer's inner critic while diminishing toxic effects.
1/24/202218 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 574: A Writer's New Year Reflections: The 6 Gifts I Gave Myself in 2021

Here are this writer's New Year reflections, focusing on six "gifts" I gave myself and why I believe they were profoundly life-changing.
1/10/202219 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 573: The Two Halves of the Climactic Moment

The two halves of the Climactic Moment require the story's final sequence to offer two very specific beats: Sacrifice and Victory/Failure.
12/13/202115 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 572: The Two Halves of the Third Plot Point

The two halves of the Third Plot Point work together to create a scene arc that moves from the False Victory to the Low Moment.
12/6/202116 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 571: The Two Halves of the Midpoint

The halves of the Midpoint are unique in story structure in that they mark the dividing line between the two halves of the entire story arc.
11/29/202116 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 570: The Two Halves of the First Plot Point

The First Plot Point is often referred to as a threshold, a visual metaphor representing the native two-sidedness of all structural beats.
11/15/202115 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 569: The Two Halves of the Inciting Event

A series examining the two important "halves" in each of story structure's major beats, beginning with the Inciting Event in the First Act.
11/8/202117 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #568: 6 Questions to Help You Avoid Repetitive Scenes

Find out what defines repetitive scenes, as well as strategies for recognizing and avoiding them in your fiction.
10/25/202115 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 567: Archetypal Antagonists for the Mage Arc: Evil and the Weakness of Humankind

The archetypal antagonists for the Mage Arc often manifest subtly--not  in obvious "evil," but in an ordinary person's weakness.
10/11/202115 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 566: Archetypal Antagonists for the Crone Arc: Death Blight and Tempter

The archetypal antagonists for the Crone Arc are represented as a Death Blight and as the subtle Tempter who would lure her from the Truth.
10/4/202114 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 565: Archetypal Antagonists for the King Arc: Cataclysm and Rebel

The archetypal antagonists for the King Arc are the Cataclysm and the Rebel, both of which challenge the King to culminate his rule.
9/27/202117 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 564: Archetypal Antagonists for the Queen Arc: Invader and Empty Throne

Usually the archetypal antagonists for a Queen Arc are represented by the Invader in the outer conflict and the Empty Throne in the inner conflict.
9/20/202114 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 563: Archetypal Antagonists for the Hero Arc: Dragon and Sick King

The antagonists for the Hero Arc can be seen archetypally as both the Dragon and the Sick King.
9/13/202115 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 562: Archetypal Antagonists for the Maiden Arc: Authority and Predator

The antagonists for the Maiden Arc can be seen archetypally as both her Authority Figures and a frightening Predator.
9/6/202116 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 561: Archetypal Antagonists for Each of the Six Archetypal Character Arcs

A series looking at the archetypal antagonists inherent within each of the six main archetypal "life arcs."
8/30/202115 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 560: The Main Reason Your Story's Premise Is Important

How can you tell what your story's premise is telling readers? Here are four questions you can ask about your story's premise.
8/23/202117 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 559: 3 Things to Know About the Ending of a Story

The tremendous (but sometimes misunderstood) significance of the Climactic Moment in the ending of a story.
8/9/202114 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 558: How the Antagonist Functions in Different Types of Character Arcs

The role of the antagonist varies depending on the nature of the protagonist's character arc.
8/2/202119 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 557: Should You Edit As You Go?

Should you edit as you go? The best choice has much to do with a writer's personality, strengths, weaknesses, and even lifestyle demands.
7/26/202115 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 556: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)

The world needs us all to be writers and creators. It needs the next Pulitzer winner, and it needs the scribbled poem forgotten on a napkin in a cafe.
7/19/202116 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 555: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 22: How to Use Archetypal Character Arcs in Your Stories

How can you apply archetypal character arcs in a practical way to your own stories? Here are five considerations for choosing archetypes.
7/5/202119 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 554: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 21: The Flat Archetype of the Mentor

The final Flat archetype of the Mentor is one of the most significant within human storytelling.
6/28/202115 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 553: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 20: The Flat Archetype of the Elder

The Flat archetype of the Elder provides crucial guidance for enacting important change in surrounding characters.
6/21/202118 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 552: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 19: The Flat Archetype of the Ruler

The Flat archetype of the Ruler represents the potential period in a person’s life in which he or she is in a position of leadership.
6/13/202114 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 551: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 18: The Flat Archetype of the Parent

We don’t often think of the Flat archetype of the Parent with the same enthusiasm as we do the Hero. And yet they are intrinsically linked.
6/7/202114 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 550: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 17: The Flat Archetype of the Lover

A deeply nuanced archetype that evolves with us for most of our lives, the Flat archetype of the Lover is inherent and integral.
5/31/202115 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 549: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 16: The Flat Archetype of the Child

The archetype of the Child is necessarily an archetype of deep vulnerability and surprisingly powerful impact upon other characters.
5/24/202115 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 548: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 15: Introduction to the 6 Flat Archetypes

Flat archetypes are often seen teaching other characters some of the same lessons they just learned in their own previously completed arcs.
5/17/202115 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 547: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 14: The Mage’s Shadow Archetypes

Will the character triumph--or succumb in the end to the powerful temptations of either of the Mage's shadow archetypes, the Miser or the Sorcerer?
5/10/202119 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 546: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 13: The Crone’s Shadow Archetypes

If the character cannot powerfully transition into the final act of life, the risk is that of sliding into the Crone's shadow archetypes.
5/3/202118 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 545: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 12: The King’s Shadow Archetypes

Whether this powerful character brings life to the Kingdom depends on if he is in the grip of the King's shadow archetypes of Puppet and Tyrant.
4/26/202120 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 544: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 11: The Queen’s Shadow Archetypes

The Queen’s shadows have the potential to block her possibility for a positively transformative archetypal character arc.
4/19/202119 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 543: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 10: The Hero’s Shadow Archetypes

The Hero’s shadow archetypes of Coward and Bully are especially important (and cautionary) due to the pervasiveness of the Hero’s Journey.
4/12/202120 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 542: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 9: The Maiden’s Shadow Archetypes

Out of fear and egoism, the Maiden's shadow archetypes would prevent her from embracing a new perspective and completing her journey.
4/5/202121 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 541: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 8: Introduction to the 12 Shadow Archetypes

Each positive character archetype inherently represents a struggle with related shadow archetypes--one passive and one aggressive.
3/29/202115 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 540: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The Mage Arc

The powerful and mysterious Mage Arc--the final archetypal character arc--turns its attention to questions of power and surrender.
3/22/202123 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 539: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Crone Arc

The Crone Arc begins the final act of the “life arcs” by presenting an inevitable and imperative Underworld Journey.
3/15/202131 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 538: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The King Arc

Although the plot in a King Arc can be absolutely epic, it is a fundamentally spiritual arc--more so than any that have preceded it.
3/8/202125 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 537: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 4: The Queen Arc

The majestic Queen Arc builds upon the lessons learned in the Hero's Journey to create an archetypal character arc that offers a worthy sequel.
3/1/202124 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 536: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Hero Arc

The Hero Arc is the story of the conquering champion--the ingenuous but perhaps immodest youth setting out to do a great deed.
2/21/202127 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 535: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Maiden Arc

As the "youngest" of the archetypal character arcs, the Maiden Arc represents the quintessential coming-of-age story.
2/15/202130 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 534: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 1: A New Series

For a writer, one of the most exciting explorations of archetype can be found within specific archetypal character arcs--or journeys.
2/8/202120 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 533: An Introduction to Archetypal Stories

Why are archetypal stories so important and what does this mean for you as a writer attempting to channel these deep patterns of existence?
2/1/202114 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 532: Story Theory and the Quest for Meaning

It is not too simplistic or idealistic a statement to say that storytelling--and therefore story theory--is a quest for meaning.
1/25/202111 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 531: 3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle

Pairing the Karpman Drama Triangle and the Empowerment Triangle offers a fantastic tool for creating solid character arcs.
1/18/202115 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 530: 7 Writing Lessons Learned in 2020

Seven writing lessons to inspire, ground, and encourage you in moving forward into the wide new frontier of 2021.
1/4/202116 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 529: What Is Dreamzoning? (7 Steps to Finding New Story Ideas)

Every writer knows about daydreaming. But what about dreamzoning? How can it help you cultivate inspiration for your storytelling?
11/29/202013 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 528: 7 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Writing

The problem of overthinking your writing is really part of the larger challenge of learning how to live a truly creative lifestyle.
11/23/202017 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 527: 5 Questions About Scene Sequences

Scene sequences bring together a series of individual scenes into a distinct narrative section, united by focus, location, and/or theme.
11/16/202015 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 526: Are You Growing as a Writer? (Here's the Only Way to Tell)

Growing as a writer is not merely about mastering a skill, but also, and more pertinently, about our growth as human beings.
11/9/202014 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 525: The Power of Chiastic Story Structure (Especially in a Series)

An overview of chiastic story structure itself, along with four tips to employ this technique over the longer work of an entire series.
11/2/202015 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 524: The Midpoint as the Swivel Point of Your Story's Linked Structure

How can you keep your pacing tight and the story interesting over the long haul of the Second Act? The simplest answer: Mind the Midpoint.
10/26/202018 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 523: The Link Between Your Story's Pinch Points

Learn to identify and leverage several important story structure similarities between your story’s Pinch Points.
10/12/202020 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 522: The Link Between Your Story's First Plot Point and Third Plot Point

Deepen your understanding of story structure by examining the parallel functions of the First Plot Point and the Third Plot Point.
10/5/202017 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 521: The Link Between Your Story's Hook and Resolution

You can think of the link between your story’s Hook and Resolution in four different ways. Ask these questions to help in brainstorming.
9/28/202019 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 520: The Crucial Link Between Your Story's Inciting Event and Climactic Moment

Structurally speaking, the Inciting Event initiates the story's conflict, while the Climactic Moment fully resolves it.
9/14/202017 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode #519: 15 Steps to Self-Publish Your Book

Once you've decided in favor of the indie route, what are the actual steps to self-publish your book? Use this actionable list.
9/7/202019 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode #518: 7 Considerations for Your Antagonist's Motivations (Which Will Save You SOOO Much Trouble)

Your antagonist's motivations can make or break your story. If they are weak, unconvincing, or complicated, your story suffers in key areas.
8/31/202019 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 517: Afraid to Let Anyone Read Your Writing? 5 Steps to Move Past Fears

Once you understand why you are afraid to let anyone read your writing, you can come up with a successful plan to mitigate the fears.
8/24/202015 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 516: 5 Exercises for Honing Your Story Instincts

Your story instincts and your ability to tap into them clearly will define how much "talent" you may have as a writer.
8/17/202015 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 515: Critique: 4 Ways to Write Sequel Scenes That Grip Readers

Learning how to write sequel scenes is a specialized technique that will allow you to grip readers' attention on every page.
8/10/202017 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 514: 5 Ways to Help Writers During the Pandemic (+Giveaways to Get You Started)

Want to help writers during the pandemic? Here are five ideas--along with giveaways to help you get started in bolstering the writing community.
8/2/202014 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 513: 7 Misconceptions About Being a Writer

The more lightly we grab hold of certain misconceptions about being a writer, the more easily we can discard them when they're no longer of use to us.
7/26/202017 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 512: 4 Questions to Prevent Plot Holes

Whether you're outlining or editing, here are four questions you can ask to help identify, rectify, or prevent plot holes.
7/20/202018 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 511: How to Get Stuff Done as a Writer (or How This INTJ Leverages Her Te)

Sooner or later, procrastination is stumbling block for most of us. As an INTJ, here are my top four tips for how to get stuff done as a writer.
7/5/202017 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 510: The 3 Acts of a Writer's Life--Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing

Writing looks a little different in every stage of a writer's life. Here's a look at the way your age affects your writing in the Three Acts of your life.
6/29/202017 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 509: Using All Four Cognitive Functions as a Writer

How to better understand the four cognitive functions as a writer by consciously developing them--Intuition, Sensing, Thinking, and Feeling.
6/22/202018 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 508: 11 Exercises to Enhance Your Visual Thinking

To help you improve your writing and storytelling, here are eleven exercises you can use to consciously access your visual thinking and creativity.
6/1/202018 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 507: Editing Your Novel Q&A

Have questions about editing your novel? The best way to find good answers is to ask good questions. Here are eight excellent questions about editing.
5/24/202015 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 506: Creativity vs. Distraction: 13 Tips for Writers in the Age of the Internet

Controlling and cutting down on distraction is the first step in reclaiming our full creative capacity. Here are 13 tips to get started!
5/18/202021 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 505: 7 Possible Hooks for Your Opening Chapter

In order to grab readers, you'll need to consider several specific types of hooks for your opening chapter. You may want to use one--or all of them.
5/11/202016 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 505: 15 Productive Tasks You Can Still Do Even When You Don't Feel Like Writing

If you find you don't feel like writing right now, here's a list of 15 important writing tasks you may be more in the mood for.
4/27/202017 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 503: 4 Ways Writing Improves Your Relationship With Yourself

The more you learn to listen to the self that appears on the page, the more writing improves your relationship with yourself in an ever-deepening journey.
4/20/202016 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 502: How to Get Some Writing Done: Discipline vs. Enthusiasm

Sometimes the hardest part of getting some writing done is just... doing it. Here are 10 tips for cultivating discipline and renewing enthusiasm.
4/13/202021 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 501: 7 Ways Writing Saves Us When Life Is Hard

Writing and stories have the power to help all of us--but especially writers. Here are seven ways writing can help us keep going in times of uncertainty.
4/6/202018 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 500: 8 Challenges (and Solutions) When Writing From Home

If you're writing from home (or honestly, trying to accomplish just about anything from home), here are eight tips for maximizing your daily routine.
3/30/202020 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 499: The Power of Hopeful Stories in a Stressful Time

Want to put something good into the world right now? Here are five ways the power of hopeful stories can create change in a positive way.
3/22/202016 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 498: 5 Questions About How to Balance Multiple POVs in Your Story

Knowing your story's ending will help you know the right answer to almost any POV question. Let's look at 5 questions about using multiple POVs.
3/15/202017 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #497: Critique: 6 Tips for Introducing Characters

Your goal in introducing characters should be to do so with the least amount of info possible while still making the characters memorable. Here's how!
3/8/202015 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 496: Creativity vs. the Ego (Or, the Value of Unpublishable Stories)

When creativity becomes a servant of the ego, rather than the other way around--we can get confused about what we're doing and why.
3/1/202015 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 495: The Professional Writing Resources I Use for All Parts of the Writing and Publishing Processes

Here are fourteen professional writing resources to help with all parts of authorpreneurship: writing, editing, blogging/podcasting, book formatting, marketing.
2/23/202015 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 494: Thoughts on How to Be Critical of Stories in a Way That Makes a Difference

Learn how to be critical of stories in a way that turns the potential for negativity into a positive force that drives your own creativity.
2/17/202017 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 493: 6 Steps to Create Realistic (and Powerful) Scene Dilemmas

Of all the many aspects of scene structure, scene dilemmas are among the most powerful but also the most overlooked. Here are six steps to acing yours.
2/4/202016 minutes
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Ep. 492: 2 Different Types of the Lie Your Character Believes

1/20/202018 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 491: 3 Life-Changing Rules for Finding More Writing Inspiration This Year

1/13/202023 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 490: My Top Books of 2019

1/6/202014 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 489: Critique: Supporting Characters and Theme: 6 Important Questions to Ask About Your Story

12/16/201914 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 488: Critique: 10 Ways to Write a Better First Chapter Using Specific Word Choices

12/9/201918 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 487: How to Choose the Right Antagonist for Any Type of Story

11/25/201916 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 486: How to Overcome Fear as a Writer and Embrace Your Profound Courage

11/18/201919 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 485: 23 Tips for a Zero Waste Home Office

11/4/201917 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 484: How to Know Which Parts of Your Story Readers Will Like Best

10/28/201917 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 483: A Writer's Guide to Understanding People

10/21/201915 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 482: This Is How to Transform Info Dumps Into Exciting Plot Reveals

10/14/201917 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 481: A Challenge to Write Life-Changing Fiction

10/7/201914 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 480: 5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Theme

9/30/201913 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 479: Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

9/23/201917 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 478: Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue

9/16/201918 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 477: Creating Your Character's Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

9/2/201917 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 476: How to Use a Truth Chart to Figure Out Character Arc

8/26/201922 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 475: How to Tell if Your Story Has Too Much Plot, Not Enough Character

8/19/201919 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 474: Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance, Pt. 2: The 3 Negative Arcs

8/5/201919 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 473: Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance, Pt. 1: The 2 Heroic Arcs

7/29/201918 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 472: How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor

7/22/201914 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 471: Taking Your Writing to the Next Level: Whole-Life Art

7/1/201916 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 470: Critique: 4 Ways to Write Gripping Internal Narrative

6/24/201915 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 469: 5 Ways to Earn Audience Loyalty

6/17/201921 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 468: 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

6/10/201916 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 467: How to Write Interesting Scenes

6/3/201918 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 466: 4 Challenges of Writing for a Modern Audience

5/27/201918 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 465: Helping Authors Become Artists

4/22/201918 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 464: How to Use Your Outline When Writing Your First Draft

4/15/201916 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 463: What Is the Relationship Between Plot and Theme?

4/8/201915 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 462: 5 Ways to Use Theme to Create Character Arc (and Vice Versa)

4/1/201918 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 461: 4 Pacing Tricks to Keep Readers' Attention

3/25/201918 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 460: How to Find Your Thematic Principle

3/18/201915 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 459: Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction

3/11/201916 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 458: 7 Things to Try When Writing Is Hard

2/25/201916 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 457: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reading Experience

2/11/201915 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 456: 10 Advantages of Writing a Single-POV Story

2/4/201917 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 455: My 9 Writing Goals for the New Year

1/28/201919 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 454: How to Create the Perfect Writing Process for You

1/21/201918 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 453: My Top Books of 2018

12/17/201816 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 452: The 10-Step Checklist to Writing an Above-Average Novel

12/10/201819 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 451: The 10 Rules of Writing Large Casts of Characters

12/3/201818 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 450: How to Choose Your Story's Plot Points

11/19/201819 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 449: 5 Ways to Successfully Start a Book With a Dream

11/12/201821 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 448: When Writing, How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

11/5/201819 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 447: 5 Lessons From a Lost Novel

10/29/201821 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 446: Words Are Radical! (or, How to Cherish Language)

10/15/201814 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 445: Story Structure Q and A: 6 Outstanding Questions About Structure

10/1/201814 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 444: 3 Tips for Improving Show, Don't Tell

9/24/201816 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 443: Do You Have Sloppy Writing Habits? (And 4 Things to Do About It)

9/3/201815 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 442: 5 Ways to Use the Enneagram to Write Better Characters

8/27/201819 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 441: Writer's Envy--And 3 Thoughts on What to Do About It

8/20/201812 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 440: How to Market Your Book When You Hate Marketing

8/13/201814 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 439: 4 Ways to Choose a Better Theme for Your Book

8/6/201820 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 438: 4 Steps for How to Turn an Idea Into a Story That Rocks

7/23/201817 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 437: How to Write Unique Themes

7/16/201816 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 436: Never Let Anybody Tell You How to Write: 8 Tips for Learning Responsibly

7/9/201817 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 435: Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories

7/2/201816 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 434: Writing as the Art of Thinking Clearly: 6 Steps

6/25/201817 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 433: How to Intertwine Plot, Character, and Theme in Every Scene

6/18/201818 minutes
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Ep. 432: 5 Steps to Writing Great Character Chemistry

6/11/201814 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 431: 4 Ways to Write a Better Antagonist

6/4/201821 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 430: How the Truth Your Character Believes Defines Your Theme

5/28/201822 minutes
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Ep. 429: How to Grow as a Writer: 5 Logical Steps

5/21/201815 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 428: 5 Lies Writers Believe That Are Holding Them Back

5/14/201813 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 427: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 64: POV Problems

5/7/201818 minutes, 41 seconds
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What Should Your Characters Talk About?

4/30/201814 minutes, 28 seconds
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Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 3: Introducing the Story

4/23/201819 minutes, 50 seconds
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Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 2: Writing the Opening Chapter

4/16/201818 minutes, 5 seconds
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Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers

4/9/201812 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to Decide Between Plain Prose and Beautiful Prose

4/2/201816 minutes, 38 seconds
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Learn 5 Ways to Take Risks With Your Writing

3/19/201816 minutes, 30 seconds
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How to Spot and Avoid Self-Indulgent Writing

3/12/201818 minutes, 12 seconds
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Don't Write Scenes--Write Images

2/26/201817 minutes, 18 seconds
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Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance!

2/12/201816 minutes, 38 seconds
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4 Tips for Writing to the Right Audience

2/5/201816 minutes, 15 seconds
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4 Ways for Writers to Become Better Readers

1/29/201812 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Words That Changed Your Life: Discovering What Made You a Writer

1/22/201813 minutes, 26 seconds
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4 (Possible) Reasons Why We Write

1/15/201815 minutes, 12 seconds
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The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)

1/8/201818 minutes, 13 seconds
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4 Life-Changing New Year's Lessons for Writers

1/1/201816 minutes, 33 seconds
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My Top Books of 2017

12/11/201711 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to Write Funny

11/27/201719 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tips for How to Choose the Right Sentences

11/20/201719 minutes, 7 seconds
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5 (Not-So-Little) Additions to the Great Novel-Writing Checklist

11/13/201717 minutes, 24 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose

11/6/201713 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Great Novel-Writing Checklist

10/30/201717 minutes, 52 seconds
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4 Ways to Prevent Formulaic Story Structure

10/23/201716 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Only Good Reason to Write

10/16/201717 minutes, 19 seconds
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4 Reasons You're Confused About Scene Structure (With Examples)

10/9/201712 minutes, 21 seconds
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6 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Protect Creativity

Life creates art, but life also devours art. Learn how important it is for committed artists to take steps to protect creativity.
9/25/201721 minutes, 9 seconds
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5 Tips for Organizing Subplots

9/18/201718 minutes, 10 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV

9/4/201711 minutes, 26 seconds
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7 Ways to Write Thematically-Pertinent Antagonists

8/28/201720 minutes, 44 seconds
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4 Questions You Should Never Ask About Your Book

8/21/201714 minutes
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4 Ways to Write a Thought-Provoking Mentor Character

8/14/201717 minutes, 57 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue

8/7/201714 minutes, 36 seconds
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5 Tips for Writing a Likable "Righteous" Character

7/31/201719 minutes, 33 seconds
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16 Ways to Make Your Setting a Character in Its Own Right

7/24/201716 minutes, 8 seconds
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Writing Voice: 6 Things You Need to Know to Improve It

7/17/201714 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Ace the First Act in Your Sequel

7/10/201718 minutes, 46 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 60: Flat Plots

7/3/201716 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Calculate Your Book's Length Before Writing

6/26/201718 minutes, 1 second
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Learn How to Make the Most of the 5 Stages of the Writing Process

6/19/201720 minutes, 9 seconds
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5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly)

6/12/201716 minutes, 33 seconds
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Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?

6/5/201717 minutes, 51 seconds
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5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe

5/22/201717 minutes, 36 seconds
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When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery

5/15/201717 minutes, 14 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 59: Overly Complex Plots

5/1/201716 minutes
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3 Ways to Make Your Writing More Visual

4/24/201716 minutes, 47 seconds
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3 Ways to Test Your Story's Emotional Stakes

4/17/201718 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to Benefit From the Biggest Reason for Storytelling

4/10/201712 minutes, 39 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description

4/3/201720 minutes, 8 seconds
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The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)

3/27/201717 minutes, 23 seconds
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9 Tips for How to Write Opening and Closing Lines Readers Will Love to Quote

3/20/201716 minutes, 46 seconds
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5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book

3/13/201718 minutes, 43 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships

3/6/201718 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Lazy Author's 6-Question Guide to Writing an Original Book

2/27/201718 minutes, 33 seconds
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Learn How to Pace Your Story (and Mind-Control Your Readers) in Just 8 Steps

2/20/201716 minutes, 23 seconds
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8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene--and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous

2/13/201717 minutes, 46 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 56: Unfulfilled Foreshadowing

2/6/201715 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Find Exactly the Right Story Hook

1/30/201719 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books

1/16/201716 minutes, 51 seconds
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Top 10 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Reveals

1/9/201719 minutes, 58 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 55: Beginning Your Story Too Late

1/2/201717 minutes, 46 seconds
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Deepen Your Story With Character Misdirection

12/26/201617 minutes, 25 seconds
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The #1 Way to Write Intense Story Conflict

12/19/201613 minutes, 56 seconds
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A New Way to Think About Scene Structure

12/12/201611 minutes, 18 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 54: Story Events That Don't Move the Plot

12/5/201613 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to Write a Scene Outline You Can Use (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 9)

11/28/201614 minutes, 36 seconds
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Making the Most of Character Interviews (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 8)

11/21/201615 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to Structure Your Story's Outline (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 7)

11/14/201617 minutes, 50 seconds
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3 Tips for Weaving Together Your Story's Pieces (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 6)

11/7/201612 minutes, 54 seconds
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4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 5)

10/31/201617 minutes, 19 seconds
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How to Find and Fill All Your Plot Holes (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 4)

10/24/201614 minutes, 56 seconds
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3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 3)

10/17/201617 minutes, 22 seconds
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Start Your Outline With These 4 Questions (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 2)

10/10/201620 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Outline for NaNoWriMo: Should You Outline Your Novel?

10/3/201615 minutes, 4 seconds
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7 Questions You Have About Scenes vs. Chapters

9/26/201615 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Secret to Writing Dynamic Characters: It's Always Their Fault

9/19/201617 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Only 5 Ingredients You Need for Story Subtext

9/12/201621 minutes, 29 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue

9/5/201611 minutes, 2 seconds
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6 Reasons You Need to Make Way More Writing Mistakes

8/29/201615 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to Find the Right Critique Partner: The 6-Step Checklist

8/15/201616 minutes, 45 seconds
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15 More Reasons Writing Is Important (in Your Own Words)

8/8/201614 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels

8/1/201617 minutes, 2 seconds
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5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World

7/25/201616 minutes, 17 seconds
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4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough

7/18/201613 minutes, 42 seconds
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7 Reasons You Need Story Theory

7/11/201615 minutes, 46 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 52: Stagnant Story Conflict

7/4/201611 minutes, 59 seconds
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5 Secrets of Complex Supporting Characters

6/27/201613 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist

6/20/201617 minutes, 3 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters

6/13/201615 minutes, 12 seconds
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6 Tips for How to Organize Your Novel's Edits

5/29/201612 minutes, 2 seconds
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How to Write Faster (and Why Maybe You Shouldn't)

5/15/201616 minutes, 8 seconds
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Planning Your Story: What George Lucas Can Teach You (Not) to Do

5/8/201616 minutes, 37 seconds
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6 Tips to Help You Finish Your Book

5/1/201619 minutes, 45 seconds
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Do You Have a Writing Superpower? (And Why You Shouldn't)

4/24/201612 minutes, 25 seconds
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Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV

4/17/201618 minutes, 47 seconds
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Novel Research: 12 Ways to Ace Your Book

4/10/201618 minutes, 41 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 50: Info Dumps

4/3/201618 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Know When to Write The End

3/27/201611 minutes, 40 seconds
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5 (More) Ways to Trim Your Book's Word Count, Pt. 2 of 2

3/20/201611 minutes, 26 seconds
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5 Ways to Trim Your Book's Word Count, Pt. 1 of 2

3/14/20169 minutes, 35 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions

3/7/20169 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to Create Awesome Scene Arcs That Surprise Readers

2/28/201612 minutes, 40 seconds
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5 Important Ways Storytelling Is Different in Books vs. Movies

2/15/201616 minutes, 33 seconds
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The 4 Tweaks to Writing Truly Original Stories and Characters

2/1/201614 minutes, 18 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 48: No Conflict Between Characters

2/1/20167 minutes, 37 seconds
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Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess! How to Edit Your Book

1/25/201615 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Re-Readability Factor: Does Your Book Have It? 5 Ways to Make It Happen

1/11/201613 minutes, 21 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes Series, Pt. 47: Ineffective Setting Descriptions

1/4/201610 minutes, 42 seconds
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How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps

12/28/201512 minutes, 18 seconds
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Coincidences in Fiction: What You're Doing Wrong

12/21/201513 minutes
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Not Feeling Creative? 4 Ways to Reignite the "Wonder" in Your Writing

12/14/201512 minutes, 34 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 46: Anticlimactic Endings

12/7/201512 minutes, 39 seconds
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How to Choose the Right POV (What I Learned Writing Storming)

11/30/201515 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to Write Multiple Antagonists (What I Learned Writing Storming)

11/23/201513 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Write Can't-Look-Away Chapter Breaks (What I Learned Writing Storming)

11/16/201515 minutes, 12 seconds
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6 Steps to Create a Fantastic Narrative Voice (What I Learned Writing Storming)

11/9/201514 minutes, 32 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 45: Avoiding "Said"

11/2/20159 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Win NaNo Using Totally Doable Daily and Weekly Writing Goals

10/26/201514 minutes, 29 seconds
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7 Ways to Keep Writing During NaNo When You Only Want to Watch Football

10/19/201513 minutes, 59 seconds
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6 Tasks You'll Love Yourself for Checking Off Your NaNo Pre-Writing List

10/12/201517 minutes, 22 seconds
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7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long

10/5/201514 minutes
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Your Fiction May Be Failing for One Simple Reason: You're Not Being Honest

9/28/201510 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to Edit Fiction: Watch Me Correct My Own Story in Real Time

9/21/201515 minutes, 37 seconds
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8 Paragraph Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

9/14/20159 minutes, 22 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 44: Too Many Participle Phrases

9/7/20159 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Write a Sequel That's BETTER Than the First Book

8/31/201514 minutes, 10 seconds
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Protagonist and Main Character- Same Person? The Answer May Transform Your Story!

8/24/201511 minutes, 55 seconds
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New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do

8/17/201514 minutes, 24 seconds
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4 Methods to Invigorate Your Prose With Surprising Sentences

8/9/20159 minutes, 48 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 43: Too Many Exclamation Points!

8/2/201510 minutes, 9 seconds
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4 Ways to Write a Likable Protagonist at the Start of His Character Arc

7/26/201512 minutes, 27 seconds
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Whom Should You Be Writing For? Yourself or Your Readers?

7/19/201512 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs-and How You Can Make It Look Easy!

7/12/201512 minutes, 38 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 42: When Your Story Stakes Aren't High Enough

7/5/20159 minutes, 3 seconds
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3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier

6/28/201512 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 266: What Every Writer Ought to Know About the Omniscient POV

What's the problem with omniscient POV? Why are so many authors confused about it? And why are so many editors delivering digital hand slaps because of it?
6/21/201515 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 255: Never Confuse the Key Event and the First Plot Point in Your Book Again!

Did you know a full understanding of the Key Event, its role in story structure, and its timing will help you write stronger First Plot Points?
6/14/201510 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 254: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 41: Inferring Non-POV Characters' Thoughts

Is your narrator killing subtext by inferring other characters' thoughts too accurately? Find out in this latest of the Most Common Writing Mistakes!
6/7/201510 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 256: A Reactive Protagonist Doesn't Have to Be a Passive Protagonist! Discover the Difference

One of the stickiest questions any writer is likely to face is: What's the difference between a reactive protagonist and a passive protagonist?
5/31/20159 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 255: Stories That Matter: 5 Necessary Factors for Weighty Fiction

Can you identify the five most important factors in creating weight and substance in stories that matter?
5/24/201513 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 254: How the Perfect Midpoint Moves Your Protagonist From Reaction to Action

When your story's Midpoint properly facilitates the all-important shift in the middle of your story, your conflict is sure to progress in a powerful way.
5/17/20158 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 253: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes

Discover four types of unnecessary scenes that may be sinking your book - and three ways to find them and kill them.
5/3/201512 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 252: Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext

Take a look at how poor prologues sap stories, how no prologue can strengthen stories, and how to determine if your story is one of the exceptions.
4/26/201515 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 251: My Writing Process, Pt. 2 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts

Here's what my daily writing process looks like when using Scrivener for my first drafts.
4/19/201510 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 250: My Writing Process, Pt. 1 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels

Today, I'm offering a sneak peek under the hood of my writing process when using Scrivener - and how you can use Scrivener to up your writing game.
4/12/201512 minutes, 33 seconds
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Want Readers to Adore Your Book? Learn How to Ace Your Climactic Moment

The Climactic Moment is the reason your story is even being told in the first place. Needless to say, it's pretty important you get it right. Find out how!
4/5/201513 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 248: What Are Pinch Points? And How Can They Make Your Book Easier to Write?

What are pinch points? Of all the important moments in your story, they are most likely to be neglected. But they're crucial to your story structure.
3/29/201512 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 247: Your Book’s Inciting Event: It’s Not What You Think It Is

The trouble with identifying the Inciting Event is that the term is applied rather wildly to half a dozen different moments in the story. Which is right?
3/22/201516 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 246: Want to Know More About the Structure of Your Favorite Books and Movies? Announcing the Story Structure Database!

Today, I'm excited to put an end to the guessing about the "Big Secret" and unveil a new resource for authors. The official Story Structure Database.
3/15/20158 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 245: For Writers on the Verge of Writing Spectacularly Complex Characters

The ironic thing about about complex characters in fiction is that the essence of what makes them so wonderfully complicated is actually incredibly simple.
3/8/20158 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 244: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 39: Referencing Characters by Title Rather Than Name

In the time it takes to write two words, you might distance readers from your narrative. Luckily, this one of our common writing mistakes is an easy fix.
3/1/20159 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 243: Do You Know the 6 Must-Have Elements of a "Wow" Story Premise?

Discover how a good story premise can help you eliminate structural weaknesses and create a valuable tool for outlining and pitching your novel.
2/22/20159 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 242: The Crucial Way to Figure Out How Much Time Your Story Should Cover

The length of the timeline is an important factor in any story. Take a moment to consider just how much time your story should cover.
2/15/201510 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 241: The 5 Secrets of Choosing the Right Setting for Your Story's Climax

What makes a great climactic setting? Consider five important techniques for making the most of the setting in your story's climax.
2/8/201510 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 240: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 38: Irrelevant Book Endings

One of the easiest writing mistakes to fall into in your book endings is actually one that has much to do with book beginnings--and, indeed, the entirety of your book.
2/1/20158 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 239: The Lazy Author's Way to Identify and Overcome Writing Weaknesses

Go beyond the vague sense that's something wrong with your story and use these five tips to figure out what your writing weaknesses are.
1/25/201511 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 238: Get Rid of On-the-Nose Dialogue Once and For All

If you can identify on-the-nose dialogue and learn how to replace it with rich undercurrents of subtext, you're on your way to becoming a master author.
1/18/201511 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 273: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 37: Unnecessary Filler

As we continue to discuss the most common writing mistakes, we'd be remiss to leave out the all-too-prevalent faux pas of unnecessary filler or padding.
1/4/20157 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 275: How to Pitch Your Novel: What's the Difference Between Your Story's Hook and Your Story's Heart?

When figuring out how to pitch your novel, you may realize your story's hook and its heart might not be compatible within such a short description.
12/28/201412 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette

12/21/201414 minutes, 4 seconds
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What's the Difference Between Your Story's Theme and Its Message?

12/14/201410 minutes, 14 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 36: Too Much Introspection, Not Enough Interaction

12/7/20148 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Is the Role of Theme in a Story's Climax?

11/23/20148 minutes, 44 seconds
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Want a Powerful Theme for Your Novel? Play Devil's Advocate!

11/23/20148 minutes, 56 seconds
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Don't Know Your Story's Theme? Take a Look at Your Character's Arc

11/16/20149 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Much Realism Does Your Novel REALLY Need?

11/9/20149 minutes, 55 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements

11/2/201413 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things

10/26/201411 minutes
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Story Concept and Story Premise: Do You Know the Crucial Difference?

10/19/20148 minutes, 56 seconds
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FAQ: How to Write Character Arcs in a Series

10/12/20149 minutes, 30 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 34: Repetitive Dialogue

10/5/20148 minutes, 30 seconds
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What if Your Story Has No Character Arc?

9/28/20148 minutes, 33 seconds
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You've Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why

9/21/20147 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change

9/14/20148 minutes, 30 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 33: Telling Important Scenes, Instead of Showing

9/7/20146 minutes, 48 seconds
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Should All Your Minor Characters Have Arcs?

8/31/201411 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Impact Character: Why Every Character Arc Needs One

8/24/20148 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can a Character's Arc Be a Subplot?

8/17/20149 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character's Arc Should Be

8/10/20148 minutes, 50 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines

8/3/20148 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 3: The Third Act

7/27/201421 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act

7/20/201418 minutes, 21 seconds
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How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act

7/13/201422 minutes, 46 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 31: One-Dimensional Conflict

7/6/20147 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why Every Story You Write Is a Guaranteed Failure

6/29/20148 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 3: The Third Act

6/22/201421 minutes, 2 seconds
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How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act

6/15/201420 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act

6/8/201416 minutes, 35 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements

6/1/20147 minutes, 10 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 15: The Resolution

5/25/201412 minutes, 30 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 14: The Climax

5/18/201416 minutes, 26 seconds
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Crafting Character Arcs, Pt. 13: The Third Act

5/11/201416 minutes, 28 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 12: The Third Plot Point

5/4/201416 minutes, 7 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 11: The Second Half of the Second Act

4/27/201419 minutes, 38 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 10: The Midpoint

4/20/201414 minutes, 18 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 9: The First Half of the Second Act

4/13/201415 minutes, 47 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point

3/30/201414 minutes, 41 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

3/23/201414 minutes, 11 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

3/16/201414 minutes, 3 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

3/9/201415 minutes, 29 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character's Ghost

3/2/201411 minutes, 3 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs

2/23/201412 minutes, 14 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

2/16/201410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Character?

2/9/20148 minutes, 47 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early

2/2/20146 minutes, 31 seconds
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Warning Signs! Your Character Is Acting Out of Character

1/26/20147 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Minor Characters Help You Discover Theme

1/19/20147 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to Successfully Kill a Character: The Checklist

1/12/20147 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eight and a Half Character Archetypes You Should Be Writing

12/22/201312 minutes, 39 seconds
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How the Antagonist Affects Character Arc

12/15/20136 minutes, 50 seconds
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Most Common Writing Mistakes: Weak Character Voice

12/1/20137 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to Double Your Story's Conflict in Seconds

11/24/20135 minutes, 48 seconds
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Top 25 Ways to Write an Awesome Book

11/17/20134 minutes, 59 seconds
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7 Ways to Decide Which Story Idea You Should Write Next

11/10/20138 minutes, 47 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes: Under-Explaining

11/3/20137 minutes, 17 seconds
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3 Signs You Should Give Up on Your Story

10/27/20139 minutes, 44 seconds
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5 Signs You're Hiding Behind Your Writing - and 5 Ways to Use It as a Mirror Instead

10/20/20137 minutes, 40 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes: Characters Who Lack Solid Story Goals

10/6/20137 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft

9/29/20138 minutes, 47 seconds
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10 Ways to Make Readers Loathe Your Antagonist

9/22/20137 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Not to Be a Writer: 15 Signs You're Doing It Wrong

9/15/20137 minutes, 57 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes: Animate Body Parts

9/8/20136 minutes, 28 seconds
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Have You Chosen the Wrong Tone for Your Story?

8/25/20136 minutes, 47 seconds
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6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters

8/18/201310 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is Your Prose Too Complex?

8/4/20136 minutes, 30 seconds
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5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist

7/28/20137 minutes, 1 second
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When Your Scene Focuses on What Isn't Happening

7/7/20136 minutes, 22 seconds
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8 Promises You're Making to Readers - and Then Breaking

6/30/20136 minutes, 55 seconds
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Exclusive Dialogue: When Readers Don't Know What Your Characters Are Talking About

6/23/20137 minutes, 21 seconds
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Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

6/16/20138 minutes, 20 seconds
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How I Self-Edit My Novels: 15 Steps From First Draft to Publication

6/9/201314 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Surefire Sign You're Over-Explaining

6/2/20135 minutes, 46 seconds
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What if Your Antagonist Isn't a Person?

5/26/20136 minutes, 57 seconds
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5 Reasons You Should Stop Writing

5/19/20137 minutes, 40 seconds
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17 Steps to a Reader-Grabbing Title

5/12/20139 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Do's and Don'ts of Dialect

5/5/20139 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to Use Foreshadowing

4/28/20138 minutes, 24 seconds
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Be a Better Writer: Get Organized

4/21/20137 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why "Suddenly" Is a Four-Letter Word

4/7/20136 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why You Need to Be Excited About Every Single Thing You Write

3/31/20136 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why the Reader Is Your Co-Writer

3/24/20136 minutes, 56 seconds
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Top 10 Sentence Slip-Ups

3/17/201310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Motivation-Reaction Units: Cracking the Code of Good Writing

3/10/20139 minutes
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Incidents and Happenings: Scenes That Aren't Actually Scenes

3/3/20136 minutes, 50 seconds
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Frequently Asked Questions About Scene Structure

2/24/20137 minutes, 3 seconds
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Variations on the Sequel

2/17/20139 minutes, 25 seconds
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Options for Decisions in a Sequel

2/10/201311 minutes, 11 seconds
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Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel

2/3/201310 minutes, 55 seconds
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Options for Reactions in a Sequel

1/27/201311 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Three Building Blocks of the Sequel

1/20/201310 minutes, 31 seconds
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Variations on the Scene

1/13/201310 minutes, 26 seconds
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Options for Disasters in a Scene

1/6/201311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Options for Conflict in a Scene

12/30/201211 minutes, 8 seconds
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Options for Goals in a Scene

12/23/201211 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Three Building Blocks of the Scene

12/16/20129 minutes, 38 seconds
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Mastering the Two Different Types of Scene

12/9/20126 minutes, 14 seconds
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6 Types of Courageous Characters

11/25/20128 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why Non-Writers Give the Best Critiques

11/18/20127 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why Writers Should Never Hit Delete

11/11/20126 minutes, 26 seconds
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Your Must-Have Book Checklist: From Idea to Publication

11/4/201210 minutes, 32 seconds
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10 Stories With (Brilliant) Loose Ends

10/28/20126 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to Tell if Your Book Is a Success

10/21/20127 minutes, 35 seconds
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What's Your Writing Personality?

10/14/201212 minutes, 22 seconds
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Are You Skipping the Best Parts?

10/7/20126 minutes, 52 seconds
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Professional Resources for Writers

9/30/20125 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why Story Beginnings and Endings Must Be Linked

9/23/20126 minutes
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Why Your Story's Conflict Isn't Working

9/16/20126 minutes, 19 seconds
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10 Excuses for Not Writing - and How to Smash Them

9/9/20128 minutes, 48 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes Series: Does Your Character Lack Purpose?

9/2/20125 minutes, 56 seconds
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5 Ways You're Preventing Readers From Suspending Disbelief

8/26/20127 minutes, 8 seconds
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Add Muscle to Your Fiction With Unity and Contrast

8/19/20126 minutes, 8 seconds
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6 Ways to Pull off Dual Timelines in Your Novel

8/12/20126 minutes, 35 seconds
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How You May Be Killing Your Story's Tension

8/5/20126 minutes, 38 seconds
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5 Reasons to Write Your Scenes in Order (and 3 Not to)

7/29/20127 minutes, 9 seconds
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What's the Purpose of Your Scene?

7/22/20126 minutes, 26 seconds
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10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn't Have to Ask

7/15/20126 minutes, 11 seconds
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Talent vs. Learning: Do You Have to Be Born a Writer?

7/8/20125 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Do Bad Books Get Published?

7/1/20127 minutes, 44 seconds
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Are You Writing Your Novel Too Fast?

6/24/20127 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Top 25 Ways to Blow a Book

6/17/20125 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters

6/10/20127 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Two Conflict-Creating Needs of Every Character

6/3/20127 minutes, 30 seconds
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How Routines Save (and Ruin) Your Writing

5/27/20129 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why Self-Conscious Writers Are Doomed

5/20/20126 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered

5/13/201210 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 11: The Resolution

5/6/201212 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax

4/29/201210 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 9: The Third Act

4/22/201211 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act

4/15/201210 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint

4/8/201210 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act

4/1/20129 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 5: The Inciting Event and the Key Event

3/25/20129 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 4: The First Plot Point

3/18/20129 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 3: The First Act

3/11/20129 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 2: The Hook

3/4/20128 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?

2/26/20126 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Wordplayer's Manifesto

2/19/20124 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Writer's Guide to Punctuation

2/12/20127 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Case of the Vanishing Setting

2/5/20127 minutes, 19 seconds
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Don't Let Multiple-Character Scenes Run Away With You

1/22/20125 minutes, 37 seconds
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How I Learned to Write - And How You Can Too

1/15/20127 minutes, 5 seconds
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Don't Drown Your Readers in Explanations

1/8/20125 minutes, 6 seconds
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12 Writing Resolutions for the 12 Months of 2012

1/1/20126 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Christmas Gifts I'm Most Thankful For This Year

12/25/20114 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Do You Decide Which Story You Should Write?

12/18/20115 minutes, 27 seconds
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25 "Under $25" Christmas Gifts for Writers

12/11/20112 minutes, 58 seconds
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Are Your Flashbacks Flashy or Flabby?

12/4/20117 minutes, 6 seconds
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Action/Reaction - The Pistons Powering Your Story

11/27/20115 minutes, 10 seconds
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4 Reasons to Mimic the Masters - and 4 Reasons Not to

11/20/20116 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Do You Know Which Rules to Break?

11/13/20115 minutes, 14 seconds
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Do Readers See Your Characters the Way You Want Them To?

11/6/20116 minutes, 5 seconds
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10 Fear Busters for Writers

10/30/20116 minutes, 51 seconds
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5 Elements of a Resonant Closing Line

10/23/20118 minutes, 21 seconds
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5 Fun and Easy Ways to Lengthen Your Word Count

10/16/20115 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Dangers of Character Overload

10/2/20115 minutes, 51 seconds
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What Elements Make a Good Book?

9/25/20114 minutes, 41 seconds
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5 Elements of a Riveting First Line

9/18/20118 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why Your Hero Absolutely Must Pet a Dog

9/11/20115 minutes, 45 seconds
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Most Common Mistakes Series: Is Nothin' Happening in Your Scene?

9/4/20117 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why Your Protagonist and Antagonist Should Be Stuck Like Glue

8/28/20115 minutes, 32 seconds
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Captain America's 10-Step Guide to the Likable Hero

8/21/20118 minutes, 12 seconds
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10 Stylistic Mistakes Sabotaging Your Story

8/14/20114 minutes, 11 seconds
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7 Ways to Make Family and Pets Respect Your Writing Time

8/7/20116 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why You Should Kick Your Story Aside and Write a Different One

7/31/20115 minutes, 9 seconds
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What The Story Knows Best Really Means

7/24/20115 minutes, 11 seconds
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Deus Ex Machina: Latin for Don't Do This in Your Story

7/17/20116 minutes
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The Fast and Easy Guide to Writing Characters of the Opposite Gender

7/10/20115 minutes, 57 seconds
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Is Your Opening Line Lying to Your Readers?

7/3/20115 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why There's No Such Thing as a Writing Expert - And Why That's a Good Thing

6/26/20115 minutes, 42 seconds
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Save Your Readers From Boredom: Five Fool-Proof Preventatives

6/19/20115 minutes, 24 seconds
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4 Tricks for Picking the Perfect Word

6/12/20115 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is Your First-Person Narrator Overpowering Your Story?

6/5/20115 minutes, 50 seconds
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Are Happy Endings a Must?

5/29/20115 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Kung Fu Panda Guide to Writing Action Scenes

5/22/20117 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Secret Ingredient of Original Stories

5/15/20115 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ideas for Constructing Your Own Writing Routine

5/8/20114 minutes, 49 seconds
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Understanding - and Accepting - the Reasons You Write

5/1/20115 minutes, 1 second
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What Is a 50-Page Edit... and Why Will It Rock Your Story?

4/24/20115 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Not to Use Speaker Tags and Action Beats

4/17/20115 minutes, 36 seconds
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3 Traits Your Hero and Villain Should Share

4/10/20116 minutes, 12 seconds
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4 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Writer's Solitude

4/3/20116 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why Writers Should Take Their Own Advice

3/27/20115 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why Vague Writing Is Weak Writing

3/20/20115 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are You Asking These Important Questions About Your Fantasy Setting?

3/13/20116 minutes, 3 seconds
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What I Love Lucy Can Teach You About Writing Tics

3/6/20116 minutes, 30 seconds
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8 Signs Your Writing Is Stuck in a Rut - And Why You Should Care

2/13/20115 minutes, 37 seconds
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Are You Confusing Readers With Poor Cause and Effect?

2/6/20116 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why You Should Read the Type of Stories You Write

1/23/20114 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Good News? Writing Never Gets Any Easier

1/23/20115 minutes, 53 seconds
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10 Steps for Getting Past the "This Stinks" Blues

1/16/20115 minutes, 38 seconds
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Are You Using "There" as a Crutch?

1/9/20114 minutes, 39 seconds
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10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill

1/2/20116 minutes, 2 seconds
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7 Reasons Weather Is a Writer's Friend

12/26/20105 minutes, 15 seconds
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Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?

12/19/20105 minutes, 8 seconds
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8 Reasons to Let Your Story Ripen

12/12/20105 minutes, 26 seconds
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What Kind of Writer Are You?

12/5/20105 minutes, 29 seconds
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Description: Friend or Foe?

11/28/20105 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why Are You Writing This Story?

11/14/20105 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are You Dating Your Fiction?

11/7/20106 minutes, 11 seconds
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Juxtaposition: The Power of the Unexpected in Fiction

10/31/20105 minutes, 26 seconds
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Use Motion to Spice up Your Scenes

10/24/20105 minutes, 32 seconds
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Love Your Characters - Or Else!

10/17/20105 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is Your Dialogue Pulling Its Weight?

10/10/20107 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Worst Writing Advice

10/3/20105 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Best Writing Advice

9/26/20106 minutes, 17 seconds
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Are You a Writer?

9/19/20106 minutes, 36 seconds
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Research: When in Doubt, Make It Up

9/12/20107 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is Your Story Mysterious Enough?

9/5/20106 minutes, 17 seconds
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Should You Edit As You Go?

8/29/20105 minutes, 59 seconds
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Are You Benefiting From the Intimacy of Pronouns?

8/15/20104 minutes, 52 seconds
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5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters

8/8/20106 minutes, 4 seconds
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Whap! Pow! Zing! - How Can You Tell if Your Story Has Emotional Resonance?

7/25/20106 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why Your Character's Motive Matters

7/18/20105 minutes, 23 seconds
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6 Reasons a Premise Sentence Strengthens Your Story

7/11/20106 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is the Thesaurus Your Friend?

7/4/20104 minutes, 38 seconds
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Should Stories Be Soapboxes?

6/27/20105 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why No Writer Knows What He's Doing

6/20/20104 minutes, 39 seconds
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Change is the Key to Powerful Character Arcs

6/13/20104 minutes, 29 seconds
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Maximize Your Story's Inciting Event

6/6/20105 minutes, 9 seconds
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8 Ways Writing Longhand Frees Your Muse

5/30/20105 minutes, 43 seconds
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Generality Is the Death of the Novel

5/23/20105 minutes, 12 seconds
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Creating a Functional Writing Station

5/16/20102 minutes, 36 seconds
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Improve Yourself, Improve Your Writing

5/9/20104 minutes, 34 seconds
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When Your Story Doesn't Turn Out Like You Planned

5/2/20104 minutes, 47 seconds
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10 Ways to Write Skinny Sentences

4/25/20105 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why Character Stereotypes Are a Good Thing

4/18/20105 minutes, 14 seconds
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Daydream or Die!

4/11/20105 minutes, 3 seconds
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Are You Using Too Many Settings?

4/4/20105 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does Your Story Have the Extraordinary Factor?

3/28/20104 minutes, 38 seconds
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What a Mouse Can Teach You About Story Arc

3/22/20105 minutes, 24 seconds
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Rewriting Made Easy

3/14/20105 minutes, 23 seconds
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15 Lessons From the Masters

3/7/20105 minutes, 17 seconds
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Three Words That Kill Writing Procrastination

2/28/20104 minutes, 44 seconds
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Strengthen Your Story by Writing the Perfect Review

2/14/20104 minutes, 14 seconds
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Plot vs. Character: Which Is More Important?

2/7/20105 minutes, 35 seconds
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Are You Using Setting to Deepen Your Characters?

1/31/20105 minutes, 28 seconds
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Embrace Your Internal Editor

1/24/20104 minutes, 52 seconds
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Are You Called to Be a Writer?

1/17/20104 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why Word Count Goals Can Be Destructive

1/10/20104 minutes, 31 seconds
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10 Habits of Successful Authors

1/3/20105 minutes, 18 seconds
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11 Killer Chapter Breaks

12/27/20095 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are Your Characters Talking Heads?

12/20/20094 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Music Will Make You a Better Writer

12/13/20095 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why You Should Write More Than One Genre

12/6/20094 minutes, 35 seconds
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4 Reasons I Quit Writing Exercises

11/29/20095 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to Kill a Character - And Avoid Hate Mail

11/22/20095 minutes, 39 seconds
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Top 7 Reasons Readers Stop Reading

11/15/20096 minutes, 22 seconds
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6 Reasons Not to Listen to Your Critique Partner

11/8/20095 minutes, 11 seconds
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11 Dichotomous Characters - And Why They Work