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Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Most writing advice blogs will tell you to never use dreams, flashbacks, or waking up to begin your story. But can they work?

The False Choice-authortoolbox

The False Choice-authortoolbox

Query letter hooks often end with a choice, some decision the main character must make, but when the relationship between the two isn’t clear, the reader is presented with a false choice

Using Character Motivations in Plot Chains-authortoolbox

Using Character Motivations in Plot Chains-authortoolbox

People may not always behave in a logical manner, but when you are planning out your stories, your characters should. Creating characters without any internal logic will produce an inconsistent, illogical mess. Fortunately, there is a simple trick for fixing this problem

World-building: why sprinkles don’t work-author toolbox

World-building: why sprinkles don’t work-author toolbox

Just chopping info-dumps into smaller pieces isn’t really that sneaky. The savvy reader will still sense that something isn’t right. Sprinkling world-building randomly into your story is like tossing skittles on top of your tiramisu. It doesn’t solve the real problem. Fortunately, there is a better way

Choosing the Right POV Character-authortoolbox

Choosing the Right POV Character-authortoolbox

Tips for choosing the right point of view (POV) character for your scenes and improving eavesdropping problems in first-person POV

Avoiding Stilted Dialogue-author toolbox

Avoiding Stilted Dialogue-author toolbox

Bad dialogue will ruin an otherwise great story. Don’t fall into these common traps.

What’s the deal with Passive Voice?

What’s the deal with Passive Voice?

The definitive guide to recognizing passive voice and when to use it

Give Your Scenes a Purpose with Scene Goals- author toolbox

Give Your Scenes a Purpose with Scene Goals- author toolbox

The secret to increase tension, raise the stakes, and propel your readers to the very last page.

Creating the Perfect Villian-Author Toolbox

Creating the Perfect Villian-Author Toolbox

Your villain is half your story. Give him the respect he deserves.