Tips for Writers


How to Make Unlikable Characters Likable

The other day at a school visit, a student writer asked me how to make an inherently unlikable character likable. I loved this question as it was one of my biggest challenges when writing 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, about a spoiled teen heiress who has to take on 52 low wage jobs in  … Read more


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The Secrets to Selling a Novel!

I get a lot of questions from aspiring authors about how to become a published author. Everything from how to write a novel, how to revise a novel, how to query agents, how to write a query letter, how to sell a novel to a publisher, what happens after you sell a novel, and on  … Read more


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SAVE THE CAT Novel-Writing Workshop in AUSTIN!

We’ve received MANY requests from novel writers in Austin, asking us to bring the Save the Cat! Novel-Writing Workshop to Texas! So…we are! Ask and you shall receive! Ahem…Announcing the very first SAVE THE CAT! Novel-Writing Workshop in AUSTIN! The workshop will take place on the weekend of April 14th and 15th, 2012.  All the  … Read more


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Return of the Save the Cat Novel Workshop!

Attention, writers!!! Back by popular demand (I’ve always wanted to say that!), I’m doing another SAVE THE CAT Novel-Writing Beat Sheet Workshop! I was thrilled when the kind people over at Blake Snyder Enterprises (publishers of the SAVE THE CAT books and software) asked me to teach another class. And of course, I said yes! The  … Read more


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Tips for Writers: Writing in Public

 I used to be one of those writers who could only write at home. Shut up in my office, lights low, door closed, windows shut—a make-shift cocoon. Because I required complete silence and isolation. But I became frustrated that I couldn’t be one of those cool writers you see in coffee shops and cafes, sitting  … Read more


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Save the Cat! Novel-Writing Workshop!

A lot of people ask me how I write and outline my novels and I always have one response: Save the Cat! I owe my entire novel-writing career to Save the Cat! A book series by the genius Blake Snyder about how to outline any story in the world. He calls his trusty “formula,” the  … Read more


Tips for Writers