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Grab the free Dreams to Goals guide, where you’ll get exercises on how to take your publishing dreams and turn them into simple and actionable writing goals.
If you’re looking for a simple guide to make sure your story is on the right track, you can check out the Story Roots Idea Checker. Get the first step to making sure your newest project is ready to draft or find a new way to look at an existing project.
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After repeating ourselves often during one-on-one chats with authors, we put our most often-given advice into workbooks that you can do on your own time and in your own space. You can find the free and paid guides HERE.
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- 5 Pivot Points to Plot Your NovelThe Waypoint Method of plotting aims to get deep under the skin of your story so that you understand more than just what happens to your characters, you understand the WHY. Once we dig deeper into story, the plot points begin to fall together. Plot points are really just moments when your protagonist’s views or their way forward PIVOTS to something new. Know what … Read More 5 Pivot Points to Plot Your Novel
- How to Build a Long-Term Working Relationship With an EditorIf you’re an indie author, then you know it’s your responsibility to build a team to help you get your books out into the world. Because we have creative control and control over our production processes, we have the luxury of choosing our editors. Chances are, you’re probably interested in the idea of building a relationship with your editor that goes beyond a basic … Read More How to Build a Long-Term Working Relationship With an Editor
- Having a Hard Time Organizing Your Writing Time?Dreaming is an important part of your writing (both creatively and in business), and we support your biggest, loftiest dreams with everything we have. But can you sort through your dreams for reality? Are you in control of your writing business? Do you know how take a dream and make it real? Or do you get lost in the imagining, planning, and wishing that comes … Read More Having a Hard Time Organizing Your Writing Time?
- A Note for Mid-Career AuthorsIf we want a long-lasting career writing fiction, we have to step back from what we’re doing once in a while and re-evaluate. Both in what we’re writing and how we’re approaching our author platform, branding, and social media. In the years from 2009 to 2017, I wrote an average of five to nine books a year. I was publishing at a frantic pace, … Read More A Note for Mid-Career Authors
- Quick Tips to Strengthen the Language of Your FictionThree things to note before we jump in: ONE: there is no ONE SIZE FITS ALL, or no hard and fast ALWAYS rules in strengthening the language of your fiction. TWO: if your characterization is INCREDIBLE, strong language will most likely come very naturally. THREE: you have more leeway if you’re writing in first person and within dialogue for voice reasons. Let’s jump in. … Read More Quick Tips to Strengthen the Language of Your Fiction
- 7 Reasons You May Need a Publishing Consultation CallAre you feeling stuck in one or more aspects of your author career? Has the business side of the writing life got you down? A Publishing Consultation Call can help you get focused, and get moving again. Here are 7 reasons why some one on one time might be exactly what you need to get back on track. 1. You’re sometimes paralyzed about which … Read More 7 Reasons You May Need a Publishing Consultation Call
- Introduction to Writing LGBT+ Characters2021 has seen more books featuring LGBT characters hit the bestselling lists than any year prior. These books have come in all genres: memoirs, YA novels, erotica, thrillers, you name it. With this explosion in LGBT-centered stories, many authors have a desire to include an LGBT character in their stories, whether as a main character or a side character. However, this can sometimes be … Read More Introduction to Writing LGBT+ Characters