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The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Group

Writing can be a lonely task. As you sit by the light of your monitor and type away at a story, you have no idea if what you’re creating will be received as inspired genius or unmitigated drivel. One way to find out is to share your story with other people. Family and friends might [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|8 Comments

Are There Only 7 Stories in the World?

Many academics, most notably author Christopher Booker, believe that there are only seven basic plot structures in all of storytelling – frameworks that are recycled again and again in fiction but populated by different settings, characters, and conflicts. Those seven plots are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Rebirth Comedy [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|9 Comments

Guest Post: The 3 Steps to Writing Heaven

... or, Why Everything You’re Doing to Write More & Better is Wrong. Writing is hard. This is what we tell ourselves, over and over. Apply backside to chair. Force yourself to write. Don’t be tempted to do something more interesting. Writers write. This makes it tough for us mere humans, who feel guilt and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Why Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?

The answer to the question of whether being an active reader will make you a better writer won’t be news to most authors – it’s advice we’ve all been given on many occasions. But why does reading make you a better writer? How much should you read if you want to get the most benefit? [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|6 Comments

Are You Waiting for Inspiration?

The search for inspiration is part of a writer’s life. Just like any other creative person, sometimes the fresh ideas flow freely, while at other times it seems like we’ve used up all the inspiration we’re going to get for this lifetime. But just how does inspiration work? According to the late, great Terry Pratchett: [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Subplots: The Connective Tissue That Holds Your Story Together

What use are subplots? You have a story to tell, and any good novel is supposed to stay laser-focused on what really matters, isn’t it? Naturally, yes, it is – but that doesn’t mean that subplots are complete detours from the main event, or lazy distractions designed solely to pad out your word count. Instead, [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments