Have you ever sat down to write, and found that everything you wrote seemed terrible?
Every writer has felt that way, at one time or another.
Here’s the uncomfortable truth about those critical thoughts: they can actually help you become a better writer.
But only if you know how to recognize those thoughts for what they are, and then train yourself to have them at the right time.
There are two sides to your creative process.
The creative side of your writing process helps you get the rough draft down on paper.
The critical side, on the other hand, helps you revise and polish the final draft.
In order to be write, you actually need both of these very different thought patterns in your head. You just can’t have them at exactly the same time. Continue reading
Every day, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to write for a living. Seriously. Every single day.
That’s why I share my tips and techniques to help aspiring writers navigate the pitfalls of the writing craft.
One of my favorites is a method for outlining novels that is super simple, quick, and (dare I say) fun. Here it is.
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How do you, as a writer, build a new world that fascinates your readers, draws them in, and makes them want to come back for more?
If you write fantasy, science fiction, or horror, you need to do your world building the right way.
I’ve revealed the shortcuts and tips you should use — and the pitfalls you must avoid — over at Fiction University.
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Sooner or later, every story runs into a little hiccup.
As you write, you’ll discover that certain facts don’t fit together anymore.
Maybe a character needs to be changed or removed.
Maybe you find a plot hole big enough to drive a Mack truck through.
Somewhere, in the inner workings of your story, something has gone awry.
You need to fix it, or you’ll have a big problem on your hands.
Find out what to do next on Fiction University.
“Show, Don’t Tell” is probably the most often-repeated writing advice in the world.
It means that you shouldn’t dump a load of information in the middle of the page, because it will stop your story dead.
But it’s easy to fix that problem, if you know how.
Here are seven different ways that you can unobtrusively slip information (also known as exposition) into your story without raising any red flags.
Master these ninja exposition tricks, and you’ll never struggle with “Show, Don’t Tell” again.
This is Salem, one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Dru Jasper series. Whatever you do, don’t make fun of his hat.
Every writer knows that creating interesting characters is one of the toughest parts of the job.
I don’t feel like an expert on characters by any means, but RT Book Reviews said this about my latest book: “MacNaughton has a real gift for developing quirky and crazy characters.”
Nice to hear, but I’ll tell you: it’s not really a gift. Nobody is born knowing how to write great characters. It’s a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned.
Want to know how I do it? I’ve laid out how to create your own characters, step-by-step.
You can read it here on Fiction University.
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Even if you hate the idea of writing an outline or synopsis, you can still figure out a plan to help you finish your novel fast, avoid major revisions, and beat writer’s block forever.
It’s surprisingly easy. And I’ll show you how.
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Writing a book but feeling stuck?
Do you have the sneaking suspicion that your story went off the rails somewhere?
Don’t worry. You can fix practically any story problem just by asking yourself five simple questions.
Read the full post on Fiction University >
Why? Because, hey, Flaming Horse of Doom! That’s why.
If you’ve ever tried to write a book, you’ve probably struggled with plotting.
Plot is more than just what happens in the story. There’s a bigger structure to what happens, and when, and why.
Do it right, and you’ll create a gripping story. But do it wrong, and your story will get nothing but yawns.
Want to know the secret to writing irresistible plots?
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