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The point in your plot known as the “Black Moment” might occur in the last third of your story, but it’s one of the best places to start plotting, because it defines not only your character, but also what your story is actually about. Read this post to find out why.
By breaking down the elements of blurbs that consistently sell books, you, too, can create a compelling blurb. And the good news is, it’s not as hard as you think, and might even help you make your plot better.
An appropriately-crafted log line may not be a magic wand to fix plot problems, but it comes close. Check out these three common causes for “project flame-out” to help you fix your story.
As an author, you will be in multiple situations where you have the opportunity to get someone interested in your book in a very short window of time. That’s when you need an Elevator Pitch. Here’s how to make one.
Creating a log line before you begin drafting (or even after!) lets you see whether you have a story that will carry a novel or help you flesh out an idea into something that will. Use this simple plot structure device to make sure you have a story worth telling.
Most of us avoid conflict at all costs, but conflict in all its forms is the beating heart of great fiction. In this post, I give you simple tips on how to infuse more conflict into your writing.
Deep POV is immersing ourselves so deeply into the character’s head that we forget we’re reading about someone else. But how do you do that?
At its heart, marketing is simply telling a story that your Ideal Readers wants to be a part of. For authors, this is exactly what we do. That doesn’t seem so bad, right?
An overview of a few of the options self-published authors must choose between regarding getting their baby book out into the world where other people can buy it, including book design, printing, and distribution.
The first post on my new “Writing Tips” blog takes indie authors through the steps between typing “The End” on your fiction manuscript and getting it ready to publish. In other words, how do you turn your caterpillar into a butterfly?