Writing Craft

Motivation-Reaction Unit

Motivation-Reaction Unit

Despite being decades old, Dwight Swain’s motivation-reaction technique is still relevant. Every time something feels off in the prose, the improperly constructed MRU is usually to blame.

Building Consistent Characters

Building Consistent Characters

No matter how irrational your character is, he still has to follow his own set of rules.

Worldbuilding: Not just for Fantasy

Worldbuilding: Not just for Fantasy

Using a fantasy-style worldbuilding worksheet will help you create an immersive setting no matter what your genre

Excessive First Draft Word Count? Don’t

Excessive First Draft Word Count? Don’t

Don’t sabotage yourself by doubling your workload. Keep your first draft word count in line.

Plot: the unbreakable chain

Plot: the unbreakable chain

For a plot to work, it has to be a sequence of related events set up like dominos

How to Be a Good Critique Partner

How to Be a Good Critique Partner

Learning to give better critiques will not only make you more valuable as a critique partner, it will also give you a set of tools to evaluate the feedback you receive.

Writing mistakes ruining your prose

Writing mistakes ruining your prose

No matter how great your plot is, bad prose will sink it fast.

Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2

Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2

There are plenty of ways to ruin your first chapter. Avoiding these common problems will get your opening pages one step closer to that coveted request

Engaging Readers from the First Sentence

Engaging Readers from the First Sentence

Tips to avoid bad beginnings and engage readers from the first sentence.

Why Writing Advice is Ruining your Manuscript

Why Writing Advice is Ruining your Manuscript

Bad writing advice, and even good advice that doesn’t work for your story, can completely ruin your manuscript. Trying too hard to follow someone else’s writing rules is letting someone else author your story.