Writing Craft

Novel Revision and Editing Guide

Novel Revision and Editing Guide

Revising without a plan can lead to hours of wasted effort and frustration. Rather than getting stuck in an endless editing loop, use this novel revision and editing guide to make sure you are doing the right edits in the right order

The Magic Fix-it Scene

The Magic Fix-it Scene

Adding material to your manuscript to solve a problem? The magic fix-it scene rarely works. While these scenes are intended to solve a specific problem, they often cause a host of other issues. But there is a better way

Opening Action: how to make it work

Opening Action: how to make it work

Start with action sounds like simple advice, but making it work takes careful consideration and planning. The opening action sets the tone for your entire story. Make sure yours doesn’t fall into one of these traps.

A Pantser tries to Plot

A Pantser tries to Plot

My first attempt at plotting crashes hard.

Scene Planning Worksheet

Scene Planning Worksheet

Scene planning worksheets will give you a simple framework to brainstorm your ideas so you will be ready when you actually have time to write.

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

Creating conflict in every scene​

Creating conflict in every scene​

Conflict is the essence of plot. Without it, there is no story.

How to avoid info dumping in dialogue

How to avoid info dumping in dialogue

Trying to sneak backstory into your dialogue rarely works. Fortunately, there is a better way

Correctly using Author Intrusion

Correctly using Author Intrusion

Correctly using Author Intrusion can create another layer of storytelling to your novel, but unintentional intrusions jar the reader, create distance and make your writing sound amateurish

Most Common First Page Mistakes

Most Common First Page Mistakes

The first page is the introduction to your entire novel. Create an effective first page by avoiding these writing mistakes



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