Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

Write your first book—or your best book yet—
using the storytelling tricks of your favorite movies

Preptober: What Makes a BIG BOOK?

Since fall hit, I am pining for the in-person writing conferences, where on top of every other wonderful thing about writing conferences, every single conversation is just a gold mine in writing and marketing information. For this post I’m specifically thinking of a...

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On Writers Not Writing

I've posted Part 3 of this Is My Story Idea BIG Enough? series today, too. But based on some conversations I've been having, in the workshop and out of it, I also feel the need to post something that you might call an anti-Nanowrimo post. Because the very last thing I...

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Preptober: Is my story idea BIG enough? Part 2

Today, we're going to embrace the business side of writing as part of the idea-finding process. In Part I I was talking especially to the beginning writer. In the beginning, the most important thing is to find an idea that you can finish. But -If you’ve already...

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Preptober: Is my story idea BIG enough?

It’s an important question. Because “Write what you feel like writing!” is a great idea if you’re calm, relaxed, and sure. But maybe not so great if you’re approaching it from a state of panic. And let’s face it. If you want to make money at writing, there are...

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For Story Expo Writers!

To get the supplemental material for the workshops this weekend - the story structure grid, a full movie breakdown, Preptober/Nanowrimo information, etc. - use the Get Free Story Structure Extras button in the right column of this screen, or click here.  Also check...

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Equinox Magic

Happy Equinox!! The witch in me compels me to once again gently remind everyone that the weeks of the Equinoxes and Solstices, the three days before and three days after, are an especially powerful time to set intentions.Of course the full energy of the Universe is...

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Preptober: THE MASTER LIST (part 1)

It's October and you know what that means....It's Nanowrimo PREP month!I always do a brainstorming and story structure review series in for Preptober, and continue throughout November with prompts and encouragement, based on my Screenwriting Tricks for...

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Do you REALLY want to write a book?

It’s that time of year again… Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall (autumn, in the UK!). And for a lot of us, fall is optimum writing time.My natural writing cycles make me most productive in the spring and especially in the fall. It’s no surprise to me that...

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Bouchercon 2021

This is is the weekend we all would have been in New Orleans, at Bouchercon. It is unnerving, disorienting, and truly, truly heartbreaking—that the reality of Covid and Louisiana’s frightening infection rate forced the Bcon organizers to do the only responsible thing...

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Write a Book this Year!

It’s July. Is your book written yet? If so, HUZZAH!! You are a rock star! You have moved mountains and parted seas!! And if not... You have half a year left. That is PLENTY of time to get a book written and sold. I’ve done it, and I’ve seen it done, hundreds of times,...

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