Writing Craft

Writing a Killer First Page

Writing a Killer First Page

The first page is the introduction to your entire novel. Follow these steps and create an opening that will draw your readers into the story, and guarantee they will turn the page

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.

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