Helping Writers Become Authors

By K.M. Weiland

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Description

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)

Episode Date
Ep. 433: How to Intertwine Plot, Character, and Theme in Every Scene
17:59
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Ep. 432: 5 Steps to Writing Great Character Chemistry
14:48
Jun 11, 2018
Ep. 431: 4 Ways to Write a Better Antagonist
21:16
Jun 04, 2018
Ep. 430: How the Truth Your Character Believes Defines Your Theme
21:59
May 28, 2018
Ep. 429: How to Grow as a Writer: 5 Logical Steps
15:44
May 21, 2018
Ep. 428: 5 Lies Writers Believe That Are Holding Them Back
13:37
May 14, 2018
Ep. 427: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 64: POV Problems
18:40
May 07, 2018
What Should Your Characters Talk About?
14:27
Apr 30, 2018
Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 3: Introducing the Story
19:49
Apr 23, 2018
Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 2: Writing the Opening Chapter
18:04
Apr 16, 2018
Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers
12:40
Apr 09, 2018
How to Decide Between Plain Prose and Beautiful Prose
16:37
Apr 02, 2018
Learn 5 Ways to Take Risks With Your Writing
16:30
Mar 19, 2018
How to Spot and Avoid Self-Indulgent Writing
18:11
Mar 12, 2018
Don't Write Scenes--Write Images
17:17
Feb 26, 2018
Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance!
16:37
Feb 12, 2018
4 Tips for Writing to the Right Audience
16:14
Feb 05, 2018
4 Ways for Writers to Become Better Readers
12:44
Jan 29, 2018
The Words That Changed Your Life: Discovering What Made You a Writer
13:25
Jan 22, 2018
4 (Possible) Reasons Why We Write
15:11
Jan 15, 2018
The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)
18:12
Jan 08, 2018
4 Life-Changing New Year's Lessons for Writers
16:32
Jan 01, 2018
My Top Books of 2017
11:51
Dec 11, 2017
How to Write Funny
19:13
Nov 27, 2017
Tips for How to Choose the Right Sentences
19:06
Nov 20, 2017
5 (Not-So-Little) Additions to the Great Novel-Writing Checklist
17:23
Nov 13, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose
13:01
Nov 06, 2017
The Great Novel-Writing Checklist
17:51
Oct 30, 2017
4 Ways to Prevent Formulaic Story Structure
16:55
Oct 23, 2017
The Only Good Reason to Write
17:18
Oct 16, 2017
4 Reasons You're Confused About Scene Structure (With Examples)
12:21
Oct 09, 2017
5 Tips for Organizing Subplots
18:09
Sep 18, 2017
5 Tips for Organizing Subplots
18:09
Sep 18, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV
11:25
Sep 04, 2017
7 Ways to Write Thematically-Pertinent Antagonists
20:43
Aug 27, 2017
4 Questions You Should Never Ask About Your Book
13:59
Aug 21, 2017
4 Ways to Write a Thought-Provoking Mentor Character
17:56
Aug 14, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue
14:35
Aug 07, 2017
5 Tips for Writing a Likable "Righteous" Character
19:32
Jul 31, 2017
16 Ways to Make Your Setting a Character in Its Own Right
16:07
Jul 24, 2017
Writing Voice: 6 Things You Need to Know to Improve It
14:11
Jul 17, 2017
How to Ace the First Act in Your Sequel
18:45
Jul 07, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 60: Flat Plots
16:36
Jul 03, 2017
How to Calculate Your Book's Length Before Writing
18:00
Jun 26, 2017
Learn How to Make the Most of the 5 Stages of the Writing Process
20:08
Jun 19, 2017
5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly)
16:32
Jun 12, 2017
Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?
17:50
Jun 05, 2017
5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe
17:35
May 22, 2017
When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery
17:13
May 15, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 59: Overly Complex Plots
15:59
May 01, 2017
3 Ways to Make Your Writing More Visual
16:46
Apr 24, 2017
3 Ways to Test Your Story's Emotional Stakes
18:19
Apr 17, 2017
How to Benefit From the Biggest Reason for Storytelling
12:38
Apr 10, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description
20:07
Apr 03, 2017
The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)
17:22
Mar 27, 2017
9 Tips for How to Write Opening and Closing Lines Readers Will Love to Quote
16:45
Mar 20, 2017
5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book
18:42
Mar 13, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships
18:14
Mar 06, 2017
The Lazy Author's 6-Question Guide to Writing an Original Book
18:32
Feb 27, 2017
Learn How to Pace Your Story (and Mind-Control Your Readers) in Just 8 Steps
16:22
Feb 20, 2017
8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene--and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous
17:45
Feb 13, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 56: Unfulfilled Foreshadowing
15:36
Feb 06, 2017
How to Find Exactly the Right Story Hook
19:05
Jan 30, 2017
How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books
16:50
Jan 16, 2017
Top 10 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Reveals
19:57
Jan 09, 2017
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 55: Beginning Your Story Too Late
17:45
Jan 02, 2017
Deepen Your Story With Character Misdirection
17:34
Dec 26, 2016
The #1 Way to Write Intense Story Conflict
13:55
Dec 19, 2016
A New Way to Think About Scene Structure
11:17
Dec 12, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 54: Story Events That Don't Move the Plot
13:56
Dec 05, 2016
How to Write a Scene Outline You Can Use (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 9)
14:35
Nov 28, 2016
Making the Most of Character Interviews (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 8)
15:40
Nov 21, 2016
How to Structure Your Story's Outline (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 7)
17:49
Nov 14, 2016
3 Tips for Weaving Together Your Story's Pieces (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 6)
12:53
Nov 07, 2016
4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 5)
17:18
Oct 31, 2016
How to Find and Fill All Your Plot Holes (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 4)
14:55
Oct 24, 2016
3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 3)
17:21
Oct 17, 2016
Start Your Outline With These 4 Questions (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 2)
20:14
Oct 10, 2016
How to Outline for NaNoWriMo: Should You Outline Your Novel?
15:03
Oct 03, 2016
7 Questions You Have About Scenes vs.�Chapters
15:58
Sep 26, 2016
The Secret to Writing Dynamic Characters: It's Always Their Fault
17:53
Sep 19, 2016
The Only 5 Ingredients You Need for Story Subtext
21:28
Sep 12, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue
11:01
Sep 05, 2016
6 Reasons You Need to Make Way More Writing Mistakes
15:27
Aug 29, 2016
How to Find the Right Critique Partner: The 6-Step Checklist
16:44
Aug 15, 2016
15 More Reasons Writing Is Important (in Your Own Words)
14:11
Aug 08, 2016
How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels
17:01
Aug 01, 2016
5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World
16:16
Jul 25, 2016
4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough
13:41
Jul 18, 2016
7 Reasons You Need Story Theory
15:46
Jul 11, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 52: Stagnant Story Conflict
11:58
Jul 04, 2016
5 Secrets of Complex Supporting Characters
13:12
Jun 27, 2016
How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist
17:02
Jun 20, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters
15:11
Jun 13, 2016
6 Tips for How to Organize Your Novel's Edits
12:01
May 29, 2016
How to Write Faster (and Why Maybe You Shouldn't)
16:36
May 15, 2016
Planning Your Story: What George Lucas Can Teach You (Not) to Do
16:36
May 08, 2016
6 Tips to Help You Finish Your Book
19:44
May 01, 2016
Do You Have a Writing Superpower? (And Why You Shouldn't)
12:24
Apr 24, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Writing a 3rd-Person POV
18:46
Apr 17, 2016
Novel Research: 12 Ways to Ace Your Book
18:40
Apr 10, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 50: Info Dumps
18:52
Apr 03, 2016
How to Know When to Write The End
11:39
Mar 27, 2016
5 (More) Ways to Trim Your Book's Word Count, Pt. 2 of 2
11:25
Mar 20, 2016
5 Ways to Trim Your Book's Word Count, Pt. 1 of 2
9:34
Mar 14, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions
9:53
Mar 07, 2016
How to Create Awesome Scene Arcs That Surprise Readers
12:39
Feb 28, 2016
The 4 Tweaks to Writing Truly Original Stories and Characters
14:17
Feb 01, 2016
5 Important Ways Storytelling Is Different in Books vs. Movies
16:32
Feb 15, 2016
How Being an OCD Writer Nearly Killed My Career
14:32
Feb 08, 2016
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 48: No Conflict Between Characters
7:36
Feb 01, 2016
Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess! How to Edit Your Book
15:29
Jan 25, 2016
The Re-Readability Factor: Does Your Book Have It? 5 Ways to Make It Happen
13:20
Jan 11, 2016
Most Common Mistakes Series, Pt. 47: Ineffective Setting Descriptions
10:41
Jan 04, 2016
How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps
12:17
Dec 28, 2015
Coincidences in Fiction: What You're Doing Wrong
12:59
Dec 21, 2015
Not Feeling Creative? 4 Ways to Reignite the "Wonder" in Your Writing
12:33
Dec 14, 2015
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 46: Anticlimactic Endings
12:38
Dec 07, 2015
How to Choose the Right POV (What I Learned Writing Storming)
15:05
Nov 30, 2015
How to Write Multiple Antagonists (What I Learned Writing Storming)
13:11
Nov 23, 2015
How to Write Can't-Look-Away Chapter Breaks (What I Learned Writing Storming)
15:11
Nov 16, 2015
6 Steps to Create a Fantastic Narrative Voice (What I Learned Writing Storming)
14:31
Nov 09, 2015
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 45: Avoiding "Said"
9:42
Nov 02, 2015
How to Win NaNo Using Totally Doable Daily and Weekly Writing Goals
14:28
Oct 26, 2015
7 Ways to Keep Writing During NaNo When You Only Want to Watch Football
13:58
Oct 19, 2015
6 Tasks You'll Love Yourself for Checking Off Your NaNo Pre-Writing List
17:21
Oct 12, 2015
7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long
13:59
Oct 05, 2015
Your Fiction May Be Failing for One Simple Reason: You're Not Being Honest
10:51
Sep 28, 2015
How to Edit Fiction: Watch Me Correct My Own Story in Real Time
15:36
Sep 21, 2015
8 Paragraph Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making
9:21
Sep 14, 2015
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 44: Too Many Participle Phrases
9:43
Sep 07, 2015
How to Write a Sequel That's BETTER Than the First Book
14:09
Aug 31, 2015
Protagonist and Main Character- Same Person? The Answer May Transform Your Story!
11:51
Aug 24, 2015
New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do
14:23
Aug 17, 2015
4 Methods to Invigorate Your Prose With Surprising Sentences
9:47
Aug 09, 2015
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 43: Too Many Exclamation Points!
10:08
Aug 02, 2015
4 Ways to Write a Likable Protagonist at the Start of His Character Arc
12:27
Jul 26, 2015
Whom Should You Be Writing For? Yourself or Your Readers?
12:23
Jul 19, 2015
The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs-and How You Can Make It Look Easy!
12:37
Jul 12, 2015
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 42: When Your Story Stakes Aren't High Enough
9:02
Jul 05, 2015
3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier
12:16
Jun 28, 2015
What's the Difference Between Your Story's Theme and Its Message?
10:13
Dec 14, 2014
A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette
14:03
Dec 21, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 36: Too Much Introspection, Not Enough Interaction
8:14
Dec 07, 2014
Want a Powerful Theme for Your Novel? Play Devil's Advocate!
8:55
Nov 23, 2014
What Is the Role of Theme in a Story's Climax?
8:43
Nov 23, 2014
Don't Know Your Story's Theme? Take a Look at Your Character's Arc
9:04
Nov 16, 2014
How Much Realism Does Your Novel REALLY Need?
9:54
Nov 09, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements
13:14
Nov 02, 2014
Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things
10:59
Oct 26, 2014
Story Concept and Story Premise: Do You Know the Crucial Difference?
8:55
Oct 19, 2014
FAQ: How to Write Character Arcs in a Series
9:29
Oct 12, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 34: Repetitive Dialogue
8:29
Oct 05, 2014
What if Your Story Has No Character Arc?
8:32
Sep 28, 2014
You've Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why
7:10
Sep 21, 2014
How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change
8:29
Sep 14, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 33: Telling Important Scenes, Instead of Showing
6:47
Sep 07, 2014
Should All Your Minor Characters Have Arcs?
11:01
Aug 31, 2014
The Impact Character: Why Every Character Arc Needs One
8:04
Aug 24, 2014
Can a Character's Arc Be a Subplot?
9:06
Aug 17, 2014
How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character's Arc Should Be
8:49
Aug 10, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines
8:04
Aug 03, 2014
How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 3: The Third Act
21:10
Jul 27, 2014
How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act
18:20
Jul 20, 2014
How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act
22:46
Jul 13, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 31: One-Dimensional Conflict
7:06
Jul 06, 2014
Why Every Story You Write Is a Guaranteed Failure
8:14
Jun 29, 2014
How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 3: The Third Act
21:01
Jun 22, 2014
How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act
20:31
Jun 15, 2014
How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act
16:34
Jun 08, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements
7:09
Jun 01, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 15: The Resolution
12:29
May 25, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 14: The Climax
16:25
May 18, 2014
Crafting Character Arcs, Pt. 13: The Third Act
16:27
May 11, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 12: The Third Plot Point
16:06
May 04, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 11: The Second Half of the Second Act
13:37
Apr 27, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 10: The Midpoint
14:17
Apr 20, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 9: The First Half of the Second Act
15:46
Apr 13, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point
14:40
Mar 30, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act
14:10
Mar 23, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World
14:02
Mar 16, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment
15:28
Mar 09, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character's Ghost
11:02
Mar 02, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs
12:13
Feb 23, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes
10:36
Feb 16, 2014
Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Character?
8:46
Feb 09, 2014
Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early
6:30
Feb 02, 2014
Warning Signs! Your Character Is Acting Out of Character
7:15
Jan 26, 2014
How Minor Characters Help You Discover Theme
7:53
Jan 19, 2014
How to Successfully Kill a Character: The Checklist
7:30
Jan 12, 2014
Eight and a Half Character Archetypes You Should Be Writing
12:38
Dec 22, 2013
How the Antagonist Affects Character Arc
6:49
Dec 15, 2013
Most Common Writing Mistakes: Weak Character Voice
7:35
Dec 01, 2013
How to Double Your Story's Conflict in Seconds
5:47
Nov 24, 2013
Top 25 Ways to Write an Awesome Book
4:58
Nov 17, 2013
7 Ways to Decide Which Story Idea You Should Write Next
8:46
Nov 10, 2013
Most Common Mistakes: Under-Explaining
7:16
Nov 03, 2013
3 Signs You Should Give Up on Your Story
9:43
Oct 27, 2013
5 Signs You're Hiding Behind Your Writing - and 5 Ways to Use It as a Mirror Instead
7:39
Oct 20, 2013
Most Common Mistakes: Characters Who Lack Solid Story Goals
7:56
Oct 06, 2013
The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft
8:46
Sep 29, 2013
10 Ways to Make Readers Loathe Your Antagonist
7:28
Sep 22, 2013
How Not to Be a Writer: 15 Signs You're Doing It Wrong
7:40
Sep 15, 2013
Most Common Mistakes: Animate Body Parts
6:27
Sep 08, 2013
Have You Chosen the Wrong Tone for Your Story?
6:46
Aug 25, 2013
6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters
10:02
Aug 18, 2013
Is Your Prose Too Complex?
6:29
Aug 04, 2013
5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist
7:00
Jul 28, 2013
How Story Cartel Gave Me 50-Plus Honest Reviews
8:39
Jul 21, 2013
Crowdsourced Editing: The Future of Self-Publishing?
10:59
Jul 14, 2013
When Your Scene Focuses on What Isn't Happening
6:21
Jul 07, 2013
8 Promises You're Making to Readers - and Then Breaking
6:54
Jun 30, 2013
Exclusive Dialogue: When Readers Don't Know What Your Characters Are Talking About
7:20
Jun 23, 2013
Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?
8:19
Jun 16, 2013
How I Self-Edit My Novels: 15 Steps From First Draft to Publication
14:23
Jun 09, 2013
A Surefire Sign You're Over-Explaining
5:45
Jun 02, 2013
What if Your Antagonist Isn't a Person?
6:56
May 26, 2013
5 Reasons You Should Stop Writing
7:39
May 19, 2013
17 Steps to a Reader-Grabbing Title
9:06
May 12, 2013
The Do's and Don'ts of Dialect
9:16
May 05, 2013
How to Use Foreshadowing
8:23
Apr 28, 2013
Be a Better Writer: Get Organized
7:09
Apr 21, 2013
Why "Suddenly" Is a Four-Letter Word
6:30
Apr 07, 2013
Why You Need to Be Excited About Every Single Thing You Write
6:55
Mar 31, 2013
Why the Reader Is Your Co-Writer
6:55
Mar 24, 2013
Top 10 Sentence Slip-Ups
10:07
Mar 17, 2013
Motivation-Reaction Units: Cracking the Code of Good Writing
8:59
Mar 10, 2013
Incidents and Happenings: Scenes That Aren't Actually Scenes
6:49
Mar 03, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions About Scene Structure
7:02
Feb 24, 2013
Variations on the Sequel
9:24
Feb 17, 2013
Options for Decisions in a Sequel
11:10
Feb 10, 2013
Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel
10:54
Feb 03, 2013
Options for Reactions in a Sequel
10:02
Jan 27, 2013
The Three Building Blocks of the Sequel
10:30
Jan 20, 2013
Variations on the Scene
10:25
Jan 13, 2013
Options for Disasters in a Scene
11:53
Jan 06, 2013
Options for Conflict in a Scene
11:07
Dec 30, 2012
Options for Goals in a Scene
11:13
Dec 23, 2012
The Three Building Blocks of the Scene
9:37
Dec 16, 2012
Mastering the Two Different Types of Scene
6:13
Dec 09, 2012
6 Types of Courageous Characters
8:48
Nov 25, 2012
Why Non-Writers Give the Best Critiques
7:40
Nov 18, 2012
Why Writers Should Never Hit Delete
6:25
Nov 11, 2012
Your Must-Have Book Checklist: From Idea to Publication
10:31
Nov 04, 2012
10 Stories With (Brilliant) Loose Ends
6:56
Oct 28, 2012
How to Tell if Your Book Is a Success
7:34
Oct 21, 2012
What's Your Writing Personality?
12:21
Oct 14, 2012
Are You Skipping the Best Parts?
6:51
Oct 07, 2012
Professional Resources for Writers
5:44
Sep 30, 2012
Why Story Beginnings and Endings Must Be Linked
5:59
Sep 23, 2012
Why Your Story's Conflict Isn't Working
6:18
Sep 16, 2012
10 Excuses for Not Writing - and How to Smash Them
8:47
Sep 09, 2012
Most Common Mistakes Series: Does Your Character Lack Purpose?
5:55
Sep 02, 2012
5 Ways You're Preventing Readers From Suspending Disbelief
7:07
Aug 26, 2012
Add Muscle to Your Fiction With Unity and Contrast
6:07
Aug 19, 2012
6 Ways to Pull off Dual Timelines in Your Novel
6:34
Aug 12, 2012
How You May Be Killing Your Story's Tension
6:37
Aug 05, 2012
5 Reasons to Write Your Scenes in Order (and 3 Not to)
7:08
Jul 29, 2012
What's the Purpose of Your Scene?
6:25
Jul 22, 2012
10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn't Have to Ask
6:10
Jul 15, 2012
Talent vs. Learning: Do You Have to Be Born a Writer?
5:32
Jul 08, 2012
Why Do Bad Books Get Published?
7:43
Jul 01, 2012
Are You Writing Your Novel Too Fast?
7:17
Jun 24, 2012
The Top 25 Ways to Blow a Book
5:25
Jun 17, 2012
How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters
7:13
Jun 10, 2012
The Two Conflict-Creating Needs of Every Character
7:29
Jun 03, 2012
How Routines Save (and Ruin) Your Writing
9:12
May 27, 2012
Why Self-Conscious Writers Are Doomed
6:16
May 20, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered
10:46
May 13, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 11: The Resolution
12:42
May 06, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax
10:36
Apr 29, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 9: The Third Act
11:38
Apr 22, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act
10:02
Apr 15, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint
10:15
Apr 08, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act
9:07
Apr 01, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 5: The Inciting Event and the Key Event
9:49
Mar 25, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 4: The First Plot Point
9:47
Mar 18, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 3: The First Act
9:24
Mar 11, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 2: The Hook
7:18
Mar 04, 2012
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?
7:18
Feb 26, 2012
A Wordplayer's Manifesto
7:18
Feb 19, 2012
The Writer's Guide to Punctuation
7:18
Feb 12, 2012
The Case of the Vanishing Setting
7:18
Feb 05, 2012
Why I Hate Grammar Nazis - And Why Am One
6:12
Jan 29, 2012
Don't Let Multiple-Character Scenes Run Away With You
5:36
Jan 22, 2012
How I Learned to Write - And How You Can Too
7:04
Jan 15, 2012
Don't Drown Your Readers in Explanations
5:05
Jan 08, 2012
12 Writing Resolutions for the 12 Months of 2012
4:33
Jan 01, 2012
The Christmas Gifts I'm Most Thankful For This Year
4:33
Dec 25, 2011
How Do You Decide Which Story You Should Write?
5:26
Dec 18, 2011
25 "Under $25" Christmas Gifts for Writers
2:57
Dec 11, 2011
Are Your Flashbacks Flashy or Flabby?
7:05
Dec 04, 2011
Action/Reaction - The Pistons Powering Your Story
5:09
Nov 27, 2011
4 Reasons to Mimic the Masters - and 4 Reasons Not to
6:04
Nov 20, 2011
How Do You Know Which Rules to Break?
5:13
Nov 13, 2011
Do Readers See Your Characters the Way You Want Them To?
6:50
Nov 06, 2011
10 Fear Busters for Writers
6:50
Oct 30, 2011
5 Elements of a Resonant Closing Line
8:20
Oct 23, 2011
5 Fun and Easy Ways to Lengthen Your Word Count
5:45
Oct 16, 2011
The Dangers of Character Overload
4:40
Oct 02, 2011
What Elements Make a Good Book?
4:40
Sep 25, 2011
5 Elements of a Riveting First Line
7:03
Sep 18, 2011
Why Your Hero Absolutely Must Pet a Dog
7:03
Sep 11, 2011
Most Common Mistakes Series: Is Nothin' Happening in Your Scene?
7:03
Sep 04, 2011
Why Your Protagonist and Antagonist Should Be Stuck Like Glue
4:10
Aug 28, 2011
Captain America's 10-Step Guide to the Likable Hero
4:10
Aug 21, 2011
10 Stylistic Mistakes Sabotaging Your Story
4:10
Aug 14, 2011
7 Ways to Make Family and Pets Respect Your Writing Time
6:28
Aug 07, 2011
Why You Should Kick Your Story Aside and Write a Different One
5:08
Jul 31, 2011
What The Story Knows Best Really Means
5:10
Jul 24, 2011
Deus Ex Machina: Latin for Don't Do This in Your Story
5:56
Jul 17, 2011
The Fast and Easy Guide to Writing Characters of the Opposite Gender
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Jul 10, 2011
Is Your Opening Line Lying to Your Readers?
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Jul 03, 2011
Why There's No Such Thing as a Writing Expert - And Why That's a Good Thing
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Jun 26, 2011
Save Your Readers From Boredom: Five Fool-Proof Preventatives
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Jun 19, 2011
4 Tricks for Picking the Perfect Word
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Jun 12, 2011
Is Your First-Person Narrator Overpowering Your Story?
5:49
Jun 05, 2011
Are Happy Endings a Must?
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May 29, 2011
The Kung Fu Panda Guide to Writing Action Scenes
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May 22, 2011
The Secret Ingredient of Original Stories
4:48
May 15, 2011
Ideas for Constructing Your Own Writing Routine
4:48
May 08, 2011
Understanding - and Accepting - the Reasons You Write
5:00
May 01, 2011
What Is a 50-Page Edit... and Why Will It Rock Your Story?
5:15
Apr 24, 2011
How Not to Use Speaker Tags and Action Beats
5:36
Apr 17, 2011
3 Traits Your Hero and Villain Should Share
6:11
Apr 10, 2011
4 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Writer's Solitude
6:43
Apr 03, 2011
Why Writers Should Take Their Own Advice
5:31
Mar 27, 2011
Why Vague Writing Is Weak Writing
5:17
Mar 20, 2011
Are You Asking These Important Questions About Your Fantasy Setting?
6:02
Mar 13, 2011
What I Love Lucy Can Teach You About Writing Tics
6:29
Mar 06, 2011
8 Signs Your Writing Is Stuck in a Rut - And Why You Should Care
5:36
Feb 13, 2011
Are You Confusing Readers With Poor Cause and Effect?
6:28
Feb 06, 2011
The Good News? Writing Never Gets Any Easier
5:52
Jan 23, 2011
Why You Should Read the Type of Stories You Write
4:50
Jan 23, 2011
10 Steps for Getting Past the "This Stinks" Blues
5:37
Jan 16, 2011
Are You Using "There" as a Crutch?
4:38
Jan 09, 2011
10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill
6:01
Jan 02, 2011
7 Reasons Weather Is a Writer's Friend
5:14
Dec 26, 2010
Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?
5:07
Dec 19, 2010
8 Reasons to Let Your Story Ripen
5:25
Dec 12, 2010
What Kind of Writer Are You?
5:28
Dec 05, 2010
Description: Friend or Foe?
5:40
Nov 28, 2010
Why Are You Writing This Story?
5:08
Nov 14, 2010
Are You Dating Your Fiction?
6:10
Nov 07, 2010
Juxtaposition: The Power of the Unexpected in Fiction
5:25
Oct 31, 2010
Use Motion to Spice up Your Scenes
5:31
Oct 24, 2010
Love Your Characters - Or Else!
5:51
Oct 17, 2010
Is Your Dialogue Pulling Its Weight?
5:28
Oct 10, 2010
The Worst Writing Advice
5:28
Oct 03, 2010
The Best Writing Advice
6:16
Sep 26, 2010
Are You a Writer?
6:35
Sep 19, 2010
Research: When in Doubt, Make It Up
7:09
Sep 12, 2010
Is Your Story Mysterious Enough?
6:16
Sep 05, 2010
Should You Edit As You Go?
5:58
Aug 29, 2010
Are You Benefiting From the Intimacy of Pronouns?
4:51
Aug 15, 2010
5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters
6:03
Aug 08, 2010
Whap! Pow! Zing! - How Can You Tell if Your Story Has Emotional Resonance?
6:01
Jul 25, 2010
Why Your Character's Motive Matters
5:22
Jul 18, 2010
6 Reasons a Premise Sentence Strengthens Your Story
6:35
Jul 11, 2010
Is the Thesaurus Your Friend?
4:37
Jul 04, 2010
Should Stories Be Soapboxes?
5:08
Jun 27, 2010
Why No Writer Knows What He's Doing
4:38
Jun 20, 2010
Change is the Key to Powerful Character Arcs
4:28
Jun 13, 2010
Maximize Your Story's Inciting Event
5:08
Jun 06, 2010
8 Ways Writing Longhand Frees Your Muse
5:42
May 30, 2010
Generality Is the Death of the Novel
5:11
May 23, 2010
Creating a Functional Writing Station
4:33
May 16, 2010
Improve Yourself, Improve Your Writing
2:35
May 09, 2010
When Your Story Doesn't Turn Out Like You Planned
4:46
May 02, 2010
10 Ways to Write Skinny Sentences
5:30
Apr 25, 2010
Why Character Stereotypes Are a Good Thing
5:02
Apr 18, 2010
Daydream or Die!
5:13
Apr 11, 2010
Are You Using Too Many Settings?
5:05
Apr 04, 2010
Does Your Story Have the Extraordinary Factor?
4:37
Mar 28, 2010
What a Mouse Can Teach You About Story Arc
5:23
Mar 22, 2010
Rewriting Made Easy
5:22
Mar 14, 2010
15 Lessons From the Masters
5:16
Mar 07, 2010
Three Words That Kill Writing Procrastination
4:43
Feb 28, 2010
Why You Should Steal From Other Authors
4:30
Feb 21, 2010
Strengthen Your Story by Writing the Perfect Review
4:13
Feb 14, 2010
Plot vs. Character: Which Is More Important?
5:34
Feb 07, 2010
Are You Using Setting to Deepen Your Characters?
5:22
Jan 31, 2010
Embrace Your Internal Editor
4:51
Jan 24, 2010
Are You Called to Be a Writer?
4:11
Jan 17, 2010
Why Word Count Goals Can Be Destructive
4:30
Jan 10, 2010
10 Habits of Successful Authors
5:17
Jan 03, 2010
11 Killer Chapter Breaks
5:19
Dec 27, 2009
Are Your Characters Talking Heads?
4:14
Dec 20, 2009
How Music Will Make You a Better Writer
4:35
Dec 13, 2009
Why You Should Write More Than One Genre
4:35
Dec 06, 2009
4 Reasons I Quit Writing Exercises
5:29
Nov 29, 2009
How to Kill a Character - And Avoid Hate Mail
5:38
Nov 22, 2009
Top 7 Reasons Readers Stop Reading
6:21
Nov 15, 2009
6 Reasons Not to Listen to Your Critique Partner
5:10
Nov 08, 2009
11 Dichotomous Characters - And Why They Work
6:50
Nov 01, 2009
Emotional Connection: Punch Your Readers in the Gut!
5:05
Oct 25, 2009
Should You Outline Backwards?
4:31
Oct 18, 2009
Why You Should Be Writing Scared
5:09
Oct 11, 2009
Good Writers Are So Lazy, They Make Readers Do All the Work! by Jason Black
4:41
Oct 04, 2009
How You Can Take Advantage of Art's Subjectivity
5:35
Sep 27, 2009
Should You Write for a Specific Audience?
6:16
Sep 20, 2009
9 Ways to Strengthen Your Beginnings
6:23
Sep 13, 2009
Angst, Mental Illness, and Creativity by Carolyn Kaufman
8:49
Sep 06, 2009
It's What Your Characters Do That Defines Them
5:35
Aug 30, 2009
Why Genre Writing Could Kill Your Career
6:01
Aug 23, 2009
Backstory: The Importance of What Isn't Told
5:31
Aug 16, 2009
Choosing Your Character's Career With Care
5:28
Aug 09, 2009
Sticking With a Story
5:48
Aug 02, 2009
yWriter Software Tutorial
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Jul 26, 2009
Making Cliches Work for You
6:49
Jul 19, 2009
5 Ways to Pace Your Story
6:33
Jul 12, 2009
Details: Bringing Fiction to Life
6:34
Jul 05, 2009
Characters: Likability Is Overrated
4:53
Jun 28, 2009
Don't Let the Big Words Die
5:48
Jun 21, 2009
Eliciting Emotion
6:41
Jun 14, 2009
Branded: Negotiating Consumerism in Fiction
5:39
Jun 07, 2009