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The 6 Scenes Your Worldview Novel Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the obligatory scenes of the worldview genre. If you're writing a young adult novel or a story in which a character goes through a major life change, then this post is for you!

I’m also going to show you how these six key scenes manifest in three popular movies—The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Juno, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Why movies? Why not books?

Well, the simple answer is that movies require less time investment than books. I’m hoping...

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The 10 Things Your Horror Novel Needs

conventions genre horror Jul 30, 2019

In today's post, I'm covering the must-have conventions of the horror genre. If you want to satisfy fans of the genre and write a horror story that works, you need to include these things in your novel.

I’m also going to show you how these conventions manifest in three popular movies—Halloween, Alien, and The Shining. 

Why movies? Why not books?

Well, the simple answer is that movies require less time investment than books. I’m hoping that if you haven’t seen any...

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The 6 Scenes Every Horror Novel Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the obligatory scenes of the horror genre. If you want to scare (and satisfy) fans of the genre AND write a horror story that works, you need to nail these six key scenes in your novel.

I’m also going to show you how these key scenes manifest in three popular movies—Halloween, Alien, and The Shining.

Why movies? Why not books?

Well, the simple answer is that movies require less time investment than books. I’m hoping that if you...

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How to Outline Your Novel with the Hero’s Journey

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2019

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use the Hero’s Journey to map out your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the Hero’s Journey, it’s a popular story structure template that subdivides the beginning, middle, and end of a story into 12 stages. Each of these stages has a specific purpose and serves a particular function within your over-arching, global story.

Wait, wait, wait—are you really going to tell me to use a formula to write my...

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What is a Book Coach?

Uncategorized Mar 28, 2019

Do you ever wish that there was someone who you could talk to about your story that would give you constructive feedback and guidance while you write?

Or do you ever feel like if someone could just tell you the exact steps to take to finish your draft that this whole book writing thing would be a lot easier? 

I mean, if you wanted to get some feedback and guidance on your business, you could hire a business coach to help you out. Or, if you wanted to improve your golf swing, learn to...

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Worldview Conventions

characters young adult Mar 22, 2019

Are you writing a young adult novel? Or a story about a character who’s going through a major life change or transition? If so, you’re going to love today’s post on the conventions of the worldview genre!

The worldview genre can be found in almost every story. It’s the emotional arc (or internal change) a character experiences as he or she pursues their goals, faces seemingly impossible roadblocks or challenges, and comes out the other side a better, more capable...

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How to Handle Character Backstory in Your Novel

characters Feb 25, 2019

Backstory is a great tool for developing relatable, realistic, and well-rounded characters for your novel. It also helps you shape three-dimensional worlds for your characters to inhabit and explore.

But, writing backstory for a character, or for a world—and weaving it into your story in an effective way—is easier said than done.

In today’s post, I’m going to talk all about backstory—what it is, why it’s important, the #1 mistake writers...

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Red Herrings: How to Mislead Your Reader

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2019

Regardless of the genre you’re writing in, there are probably some things you’ll want to keep hidden from your readers until the time is right to surprise them.

But in order to pull off a well-done surprise, you need to be sure to play fair with the reader from the start. That means you’ll need to plant clues that point to the truth in plain sight so that everything makes sense when it comes time for the big reveal.

So, how do you actually surprise the reader if all...

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How to Structure a Thriller Novel

story structure thrillers Feb 21, 2019

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to write a well-structured thriller novel using the Three Act Structure.

Regardless of whether you fall in the “plotter” or “pantser” camp, having a solid understanding of story structure will help you write a story that works and satisfies fans of the genre. But before we get into the Three Act Structure and the key plot moments, let’s talk about word count for a moment.

The first thing you’ll want...

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Narrative Drive: How to Write a Page Turning Novel

pacing Feb 19, 2019

If you’re writing a book, I’m sure you’ve wondered how to write a story that grabs and keeps the reader’s interest from page one all the way to “The End”.

Because after all, every author wants to be read. Every author wants to hear that a reader loved their bookso much that they just couldn’t put it down.

But how do you craft a story that has this effect on a reader? And what is it exactly that compels a reader to turn page after page to find out...

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