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Get a Deluxe Beat Sheet When You Pre-Order I SPEAK BOY!

Go behind the scenes of my latest novel with the DELUXE Beat Sheet which includes: Full Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Before and After beat sheet comparison (with my commentary on the revision process) Wants & Needs Analysis Genre Breakdown Full storyboard with scene-by-scene breakdown Save the Cat! logline BONUS: The full book proposal used  … Read more


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How to Fix Info Dumping With Exposition Characters and Window Characters

  Writers are accused of a lot of unforgivable “crimes”: head-hopping, adverb overkill, predictable endings, cliched characters. Eek! I’m getting cold sweats just writing them all in one sentence!  But in the post, I want to talk about the common and far-too-often detrimental crime of “info-dumping” (also known as “too much exposition.”) Info-dumping is when  … Read more


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Instantly Improve Your Novel’s Pacing

  If your novel or story is suffering from slow pacing, dragging chapters, saggy prose, or just needs an overall pacing BOOST, then this revision hack might be just the thing you need. I picked up this trick while revising my young adult, sci-fi novel, SKY WITHOUT STARS, which is a retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les  … Read more


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YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2020 Edition

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  Welcome to the Fall 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in  … Read more


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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Analysis of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” Video

Taylor Swift’s new album, folklore, is here and critics are already calling it her “storytelling album”. That seems to fit given that her first released video from the album, “Cardigan,” follows ALL of the key story beats!  I realize there’s about a zillion analyses and lyric interpretations floating around out there, as Swifties everywhere attempt  … Read more


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TITLE REVEAL for System Divine Book 3!

THE TITLE OF BOOK 3 IS HERE! If you’ve reached the end of Between Burning Worlds, you might be itching to find out what happens next (we did leave the planet in a bit of a lurch, didn’t we?) Well, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.  BUT…in the meantime, we thought  … Read more


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