Creative Writing Tips

Finding Your Creative Time

Trouble Finding Inspiration for Your Novel?

Finding Inspiration for Writers

Tricking the Muse: The Creativity “Two-Step”

Your Story as a Person

One Way to Beat Writers Block!

Writing from Your Passionate Self

A Novelist’s Bag of Tricks

Avoiding the Genre Trap

10 Essential Tips for Beginning Writers

Your Plot Step By Step

Be a Story Weaver – NOT a Story Mechanic!

Blowing a Story Bubble

Writing from a Character’s Point of View

The First Step in Writing ANY Novel

How Art Is Made (The Battle Between Art and Mind)

Genre – Act By Act

Write Your Novel by Pulling Threads

Creating Characters from Scratch

Character Growth 101

How Stories Should Work

Character Development Tricks!

Creating Characters from Plot

Throughlines – And How to Use Them

Fire Your Protagonist

Is Your Story Coming Apart at the Themes?

Story Structure Seen As War

Characters: The Attributes of Age

When Characters Make Excuses

Maximizing Your Creative Process

Grow Your Story from a Log Line

Creating Characters in 7 Steps

Letting Go of Characters

Get Into Your Characters’ Heads

How to Grow a Sentence Into a Story

Novels Don’t Have To Be Stories

Have Your Characters Write Their Own Stories

Change is Good (or maybe bad)

SECRETS of the Protagonist…

Characters: Cogs in the Machine?

Your Influence Character is the Heart of your Story

How to Avoid Stereotypes

What’s in a Name?

Be Your Own Critic Without Being Critical

The Four Throughlines in To Kill A Mockingbird

Archetypes vs. Stereotypes

Plot Points vs. Plot Events

What is Story Structure?

What Drives Characters?

How To Create Archetypal Characters

The Hero Breaks Down

Character Likes and Dislikes

Characters Have Two Jobs

The Influence Character

How to Create a Powerful Thematic Message

What Is Truth? (The Character’s Dilemma)

Your Story’s Ending: Success or Failure?

Do You Write Like an Actor or a Director?

Is Story Structure a Myth?

Have You Lost Your Tale (and become one of the “Drudge People?”)

4 Writing Tips for Novelists

Writing With Reversals

Why Characters Misunderstand Each Other

The Core of Your Protagonist

Is Your Antagonist Also Your Influence Character?

Write Down Your Stories…

Characters and Gender

Introducing Characters – First Impressions

Developing Your Characters’ Points of View

How to Avoid Moralizing

Don’t Try To Be Shakespeare – He didn’t!

Are You Writing a Tale or a Story?

Novel Writing Tip – Keep a Daily Log

Be Your Own Critic Without Being Critical

Have Your Characters Write Their Own Life Stories

Writing from the Subconscious

The Master Storyteller Method

Back to Work, Writers!

What Drives Your Main Character?

Writing Stories with “Collective” Goals

Tear Your Story Apart!

Spin a Tale, Weave a Story

The Author’s Journey

Forget Your Protagonist – Who’s Your Main Character?

Is Story Structure Your Enemy?

In Search of Your Writer’s Identity

Finding Your Story’s Core

Get Out Of My Head!

A Brief Introduction to Archetypes – Part 1

A Brief Introduction to Archetypes – Part 2

A Brief Introduction to Archetypes – Part 3

Character Change vs. Character Growth

Plot Points – Static vs. Sequential

Story Structure for Passionate Writers

Jurassic Park: Building A Better Dinosaur

Protagonist and Antagonist – Who ARE These Guys?

Atlas Shrugged – An analysis

Audience Reach

Five Steps to a Believable Character

Dramatica Explained in Plain Language

Writing with Globular Clusters

Should Your Main Character Change or Remain Steadfast?

Stories with Characters who Change

Should Your Main Character Start or Stop?

A Novelist’s Bag of Tricks!

Psychoanalyze Your Story

A Screenwriter’s Bag of Tricks

The 12 Essential Questions Every Writer Should Answer

The False Narrative

Story Structure is Based on Fours, Not Twos

How Dramatica Story Theory Maps to the I Ching

Dramatica Story Theory – Scenes & Elements

Plot vs. Exposition

Subplots (An Introduction)

Character Justifications

How StoryWeaver Came To Be

Let Your Plot Make Sense and Your Characters Ring True

How To Beat Writer’s Block

Characters Don’t Have To Change To Grow

Is Your Story a Time Lock or an Option Lock?

Is Your Story Driven By Action or Decision?

Conflict Can Limit Your Characters

How to Write Plot Twists