Tips, How-Tos, and Guides

What Is Reverse Outlining?

Pacing, plot consistency, and emotional impact are critical to make your book successful. If yours is a little off, try reverse outlining. This video shares the basic steps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Ovdz1PY9E Watch/Subscribe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Ovdz1PY9E Think of this as finding...

Using Writing to Make Sense of the World and Life

Writing always has been my haven for self-expression. It's been that way for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, I walked around with a mini notebook on a string around my...

6 Resources to Help Writers Earn Money and Survive

Last week, I connected with a colleague who, like me, works as an editor and writer. In our conversation, they explained how they were financially struggling, to the point where they were facing moving to...

6 Ways to Connect With Other Writers

When you connect with other writers, it doesn't just help you improve your drafts. It can be psychologically lifesaving, especially now given the state of the industry. This video offers basic options for finding other...

5 Brilliant Ways to Respond to Bad Writing Reviews

It's a dream of mine. I'll admit it. I just want to hop online someday to see a ton of glowing reviews of my books. But as plenty of writers will tell you, bad writing...

The Value of Quotables in Writing

Do you have material in your drafts you can pull out as quotables? Include some and the value and memorability of your work likely will go up. I explain in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQdu0ilUwo Watch/Subscribe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQdu0ilUwo The...

5 Things to Try to Do Every Day as a Writer

If you've read any of my previous work, you probably understand that I don't subscribe to the idea that there is any singular way to write. Every writer will find their own process that works...

What to Put in a Writer Portfolio

Every writer needs a good writer portfolio. But what do you put in a writer portfolio to ensure you attract the right readers and clients? Here's my take after almost two decades as a professional....

A Smart Alternative to Using Word-of-the-Day Tools

Word-of-the-day options can be FANTASTIC. But if you want to make sure you learn new words YOUR audience uses and understands, here's an alternative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZ97Wht8vM Watch/Subscribe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZ97Wht8vM The idea here isn't that word-of-the-day options are bad....

How to Succeed on Social Media as a Writer

If you're a writer who wants to use social media to pump up your readership, this video offers general guidance on how to get the most out of your accounts and content. https://youtu.be/XXr3yx5v5gU Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/XXr3yx5v5gU For...