Understanding Story Arcs

There’s nothing like crawling around the kitchen floor–marker in hand–to understand a book’s true structure. In my case, I map out arcs for every character. What’s an “arc”? Good question, because it’s a bit confusing. Sometimes you’ll hear “ARC” and it means “Advance Review Copy” for a book that has not yet been published. Other times,Continue reading “Understanding Story Arcs”

How and Why I Started Writing

Eight years ago I wrote my first novel and it went nowhere. In retrospect, I can see why. Did I make my first ten pages count? Unfortunately, no. My inciting incident didn’t happen until page thirty. Was my book in an easy to pigeon-hole genre? No, not really. I marketed it as chick-lit in my queryContinue reading “How and Why I Started Writing”

Map your Characters

  Click Character_Map to download the PDF. Are you an aspiring author? One of the hardest things about writing a book is making your characters seem alive. By the 22nd revision of a manuscript, you should know your characters innermost thoughts. In your imagination, you can project their futures, and describe their pasts.  If Good Morning America interviewedContinue reading “Map your Characters”

Make your first ten pages count

Many writers dream of becoming authors their whole life. When they complete their first manuscript the usual question is “Now what?” The traditional path to publication is arduous and involves query letters, agents, editors, and submissions. The self-publishing route can be even harder. But no matter which option a writer chooses, the first ten pagesContinue reading “Make your first ten pages count”