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BREAKTHROugH WRITING TIPS
So what sometimes happens is wow, you get so deep into your character’s head that you know exactly how they’d react in any given situation. It’s authentic. It’s real. It’s visceral. As they say, it rings true. And yet it feels SO WRONG.
You might be missing emotional consistency.
If a book is more likely to sell as a digital-first title, the publisher is unlikely to give you a print run. And while I know most of us dream of a print run, in this case, you’re better off not getting one. Why?
Plotting is easier than you think. If you can figure out one key scene, the rest of your story almost writes itself. BLACK PANTHER shows us how.
Can two people want the same thing and still have a conflict? What does completing a character arc really look like? THE LAST JEDI serves a master class on Goals/Motivations/Conflicts.
You need a strong opening to hook the reader into devouring the rest of your book. STRANGER THINGS shows us how to nail a strong opening every time.
These six scenes will transform how you approach creating emotional resonance.
Sure, you could save the day in the first ten minutes. But wouldn't it be more fun to use failure to prove why your character is the hero we need? THE MATRIX shows us how.
Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, I want the odds to ever be in your favor. Let's look at what THE HUNGER GAMES shows us about HOW TO BUILD ANTICIPATION.
REVENGE is one of the hardest storytelling tropes to get right, and yet it’s one of the most fun…if you remember this one thing.
The MIDPOINT HIGH is a plot beat that’s easy to miss and even easier to get wrong. So let's talk about how to get it right.
The most consistent problem I see isn’t whether there IS a midpoint high, it’s in how you get there.
In stories, as in real life, the Goal/Intent and Conflict/Actual Impact are almost never fully aligned. The greater the disparity, the deeper the character arc. Let’s look at how this manifests in the story.
Don’t just tell the reader your protagonist is sad. If you want readers to feel what your characters feel, you need to include visceral reactions.
Let’s look at the three different kinds of empathy and how they impact what we write.
Nailed your first publishing deal? Releasing your first book? Getting great reviews? Hitting a bestseller list? It sounds like any one of those would be enough, and yet…
When you first learn to ride a bike, it’s awkward as hell. You fall over before you can pedal a single time. And then each inch forward feels like certain death. Writing is sort of like that, except a lot more dangerous.
Due to our upbringing, many of us start our writing day already battling our inner critic. We know the critic is harsh and unfair, and yet we fear everything they say is true. Who are we beyond their judgment? Here is a tool to help you find freedom from the critic.
Working on a query letter? Pitching in an event like Pitch Wars? Struggling to identify the core hook for your story? You might need a good logline.
Too many options in front of us means we’re less likely to pick anything. There’s one huge exception. Step inside so we can talk about how to use this to your advantage when submitting to agents and editors.
The BCC, also known as the back cover copy or blurb, makes or breaks whether someone buys your books. Ready to make your BCC irresistible?
Let me know if you have questions. And if you want my help writing yours, hire me!