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Don't Summarize! - Michael Hauge's Story Mastery

Summarization, while it has its uses, needs not to compromise brevity and skip important bits of your story that will pull your readers in.

A common weakness among all storytellers – screenwriters and novelists as well as marketers and presenters – is the tendency to summarize. 19 more words


Stop Publishing Typos

If I had a nickel for every time I heard a self-published author excuse their typos due to being unable to afford a professional editor, I would have at least $5.00 by now. 603 more words



If you follow me on social media you know what a rough year it’s been for me and my family. We lost my step-father in March after a brief, unexpected illness and his birthday is coming up on Father’s Day, so yeah…that will be a sad day for me. 461 more words


Article: "Understanding Book Reading Levels: Part 2."

“Sometimes, the ideas that stick with readers the most are the simplest. That doesn’t mean authors should dumb down their writing; it just means they should consider using fewer words, breaking apart complex sentences, and/or setting down the thesaurus once in a while. 27 more words


The 4-Step Checklist for Your Story’s Opening Scene - Helping Writers Become Authors

Opening scenes can make or break a reader’s interest. Here are four steps to getting it right.

Put these four tips to use in crafting a slam-bang opening scene that hooks readers by, first and foremost, introducing a fascinating main character. 14 more words


What I Learned from My Book Launches

In the past six months, I’ve been through two book launches and built an online creative writing course. Each time, I’ve given the best content I had away for free, both before, during, and after launch. 1,028 more words

Writing Life

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Books | The Guardian

Adventures and studies in plotting from the best.

How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade… 16 more words