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Moving the Story Forward

Moving the story forward is arguably the most important and most difficult aspect of good novel-writing. If someone says, “I couldn’t put...

Conflict, Crisis, Drama, and Tension

Without conflict, crisis, drama, and tension, a story would be nothing but a string of boring facts—if every scene was peaceful,...

Show, Don't Tell

“Show, don’t tell” is often referred to as the golden rule of writing fiction and is arguably one of the most important rules for all new...

Active Versus Passive Voice

There are many ways to structure a sentence to convey the same information and still be grammatically correct. In this chapter, I talk...

Beginning, Middle, and Ending

When structuring a story, it’s helpful to think in terms of a beginning, middle, and end, with each part fulfilling a distinct purpose....

How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel

If you are a new or aspiring writer with a story inside of you aching to get out but don’t know where to start, you may want to read my...

Social Media – To Be or Not to Be

Click here for an article I wrote for The Book Designer about the virtues of social media for authors.

Story, Plot, and Hook

In this chapter, I talk about the difference between story and plot and the hooks that are needed to grab readers’ attention to keep...

Write/Right for the Market

Click this link for an article I wrote for The Book Designer about having a marketing mindset as you write. https://www.thebookdesigner.c...

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