Category: Story

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Writing Disabled Characters: 3 Tropes to Avoid

With the rise of social media and the internet, marginalized groups have been able to create online platforms and share their experiences. With all of this new information cycling the web, and authors wanting to diversify their casts of characters, it can be difficult to make sure that you are representing a character that is a member of a marginalized group in a respectful … Read More Writing Disabled Characters: 3 Tropes to Avoid

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DIY Workbook: Write Better Stories Series

Allie and Jo are passionate about helping quality stories find their place the world. We created this series of workbooks to give intermediate authors a series of questions and checklists to strengthen the following: Write a Better Story Create a Better Character Construct Better Tension Build a Better Romance Write a Better Story walks you through the steps to create stories with the kind … Read More DIY Workbook: Write Better Stories Series

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DIY Workbook: Master Self Editor

Want to get the most out of your edits and get your book noticed? The best way to make your book as strong as it can be is by learning how to edit your own words before your manuscript ever leaves your hands.  No one knows your story the way you do, and no one can edit in a way that helps you stay … Read More DIY Workbook: Master Self Editor

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DIY Workbook: the Unforgettable Novel

An effective story pitch sells your idea to your readers if you’re an indie author, or to an agent/publisher if you’re traditionally published. It’s a way to distill the heart of your story idea into a quick, simple description that hooks your readers and leaves them wanting more.  A pitch is crucial in selling your book. If an author takes the traditional route, a … Read More DIY Workbook: the Unforgettable Novel

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Listen to your inspiration or listen to the market? The Answer: Both

There’s an ages old debate that happens in writing advice circles between whether you should write what you want or write what readers want. Writing to market is bad, says one group. You should follow your inpiration and write what moves your soul. Writing to market is good, says the other. You’re going to die broke and alone if you don’t give the readers … Read More Listen to your inspiration or listen to the market? The Answer: Both

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Waypoint Services

Sometimes you need to talk it out with someone who has gone before you. If you want to write more, get an agent/publisher, attract ideal readers, and sell more books all while still enjoying your life, our customized coaching sessions are for you! Publishing isn’t a linear journey where you start as a temp and end up a CEO, it’s a complicated and twisted … Read More Waypoint Services

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Meet the Team

Allison Martin and Jolene Perry co-founded Waypoint when they were both tired of seeing authors struggle as they tried to force their story into someone else’s process, or tried to sell themselves and their books while striving for someone else’s footsteps. The POINT of Waypoint is to help authors find sustainable processes for being online, showcasing their stories, and at the heart of it … Read More Meet the Team

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Free, Paid, and One on One Resources

**PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION: THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE Sometimes you don’t need high level support or a proven framework to build your career. Sometimes you’re doing fine, and are happy as can be with where you’re writing and author career is going. But you know there’s always room for growth, stretching, and improvement and that’s what this space is here for. A collection of … Read More Free, Paid, and One on One Resources

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The 4S Author Career

There are a lot of paths to publishing your novels, and it can become quite overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. But under all the tech and strategies and marketing your success will hinge on only 4 core thing. Over the coming weeks I’ll dive into each one a bit further. Note: This series was adapted from a summer series available … Read More The 4S Author Career

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

How do you prepare to write a new book? Many authors have a system they follow to plan, plot, and prepare before they sit down to write–myself included. While there are no real rules for how to write a book, I find that I prefer to have a loosely structured system that works for my storytelling style. I’ve written a little over 30 novels–maybe … Read More 6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

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Thanks Tips: Kill Your Darlings

Welcome to another installment of “Thanks Tips” where Allie or Jo tackles a piece of vague writing advice and unpacks the meaning behind it. Today’s unpacking? KILL YOUR DARLINGS. I don’t know quite when this became SUCH A THING but I’m pretty sure we have Stephen King to blame – if not for its origins, then for its popularity. But what does it MEAN? … Read More Thanks Tips: Kill Your Darlings

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Pep Talk: Put a Positive Spin on Rejection

Rejection is a normal part of life, but as humans, we tend to avoid it at all costs. If you’ve chosen to be an author, though, rejection is part of the journey. (Might as well rip off the band-aid first, right?) Our instincts tell us that our very existence is threatened if we’re rejected, so we tend to spend a lot of time and … Read More Pep Talk: Put a Positive Spin on Rejection