Writing Tips

How to Keep Writing When the Chips are Down

How to Keep Writing When the Chips are Down

Writers need to write every day, but working moms know by EOD, it’s hard to kick extra ass. Here’s how I kept my pen moving when the chips were stacked against me.

How Liminal Thinking Makes You a Better, More Successful Writer

How Liminal Thinking Makes You a Better, More Successful Writer

Liminal thinking allows you to create change by changing how you think. Apply the tenets of liminal thinking to be a better, more successful writer.

Get the Throat-Clearing Out of Your Writing

Get the Throat-Clearing Out of Your Writing

Throat-clearing can be useful in early drafts but should be eliminated because it conveys lack of confidence in your storytelling skills.

How Internal Conflict Drives Stories

How Internal Conflict Drives Stories

Internal conflict is the force that motivates a character’s actions. Read on to understand how to identify and to use internal conflict to write better stories.

Why You Still Need a Clear Protagonist with Multiple Narrators

Why You Still Need a Clear Protagonist with Multiple Narrators

When used properly, multiple narrators are very effective in storytelling; however, it is still important that authors know whose story they’re telling (i.e., have a clear protagonist).

Why You are Not Your Story’s Narrator

Why You are Not Your Story’s Narrator

As authors, we like to believe we tell stories; however, our narrators are the storytellers. Read this to understand the difference between author and narrator.

The Art of Self-Sabotage

The Art of Self-Sabotage

Writers who struggle to finish their manuscripts need to learn to recognize self-sabotage and to know how to work around that behavior.

Overcoming Obstacles as a Writer

Overcoming Obstacles as a Writer

Writers of all levels of experience face obstacles, all of which can suffice as excuses for stopping a work-in-progress all together; however, there’s no need for that as all obstacles can be overcome.    

Everyone’s the Hero: Redefining Antagonists

Everyone’s the Hero: Redefining Antagonists

By literally applying the meaning of the word ‘antagonist’ to our characters, we make them deeper and richer with clearer motives.