Maximising Want-To-Know Value
When someone is reading a story they are assigning a value to what they are reading. This value can be anywhere from ‘I have absolutely no interest in this’ to ‘I have to know what happens next, sleep be damned’. Obviously you want them to be nearer one end of the scale than the other.

While i...
The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today
How can you organize your life as a writer so you can spend more time writing?

What’s the best way to manage writing alongside other projects?

Why is it so hard to balance the act of writing with the day-to-day demands of life?

I think you’ll agree most writers have to achieve more than ...
Create a Warm, Low Light Workspace to Boost Creativity
It’s no secret that your environment can affect your creativity. If you’re sitting at your brightly lit desk in a chilly office, listening to loud music, and wondering why your next flash of genius isn’t coming to you, try swapping that environment for a warm, softly lit room. Maybe even put on s...
Writing Basics: The Act Two Choice
After the inciting event has occurred, and the protagonist is faced with the story question of the act one problem, it’s time to make a choice and launch act two.

The act two choice is the transitional moment, linking the beginning and the middle. The protagonist chooses to embrace whatever p...
3 Screenwriting Tricks to Help You Improve Your Writing
Even if you love the printed word, there’s something magic about cinema. How it happens is somewhat of a mystery—even for those involved in the production process. What’s even more amazing is how a writer can create the likes of Tony Soprano, Walter White, and Holly Golightly from a few lines of ...
How To Uncover Your Character’s Emotional Wound
To build a compelling character (and write them convincingly) we want to make them real as possible, and that means developing a backstory that lets us understand them on a deeper level. This brainstorming time allows us create their unique personality by seeing how the people and events of their...
Get a Handle on Writer Insecurity
We writers tend to be an insecure bunch. We’re plagued with doubts and uncertainties, always questioning our abilities. Sometimes we’re so neurotic, it’s a wonder we accomplish anything!
Stuck on a Scene? Just Say No.
Whenever I'm stuck on a scene, I return to the basics. I look at the goals, conflict, stakes, and if that doesn't fix the problem, I look at the structure itself. Classic scene structure ends in two ways: the protagonist gets her goal, or she doesn’t get her goal. The answer is yes or no.
The Heart of a Story: What Is It, Where Is It, and How Do You Get There?
Scan the Table of Contents in most writing manuals and you’ll see the familiar menu of story mechanics. All good! Setting, characters, plot points and pillars, crisis, climax and resolution—without these ingredients we probably don’t have a fully-cooked story. But one essential is almost always m...
How to Double Your Readers with This Significant Strategy
n the endless sea of textbooks, essays and lectures, there are obviously more than enough pages about how to write better.

Be concrete. Focus on the core message. Evoke emotion. Entertain, surprise, tell a story, omit needless words.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Despite all this useful advice...