Posts by Category (posts listed in descending chronological order) Getting Started My Mentorship Story: How I Got My Writing Career On Track 4 Mantras That Will Motivate You to Write 4 Differences between Amateur Writers and Professionals Conquering Your Page Fright Famous Authors on How They Discovered Their Best-Selling Story Idea Don’t Indulge Neurotic Writing Rituals You’ve Got to Read If You Want to Write The Writing Life Is Much Less Exciting Than You Think Outlining Free Book Architecture Sample: The Difference between Formula Writing and Method Writing How Rowling Developed Suspense, Surprise, and Shock (Rowling’s Outline and the Book Architecture Method, Pt IV) How Rowling Created Key Scenes (Rowling’s Outline and the Book Architecture Method, Pt III) How Rowling Formed Her Narrative Arc (Rowling’s Outline and the Book Architecture Method, Pt II) How Rowling Turned a Story Idea into a Best-Selling Series (Rowling’s Outline and the Book Architecture Method, Pt I) The First Pages 4 Warning Signs That Your Prologue Should Be Dumped (and How Rowling Pulled Hers Off Anyway) 5 Ways Rowling Hooked Us on Page One Story Structure/Plot MuggleNet Academia Podcast: How to The Friendly Editor Foreshadowing: The Secret Sauce in Successful Stories An Interview with Stuart Horwitz: Plot Is a Four-letter Word Using Plot Points and Pinch Points in a Story with a Twist Ending Story Structure in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ How Rowling Wrote a Satisfying, Cathartic Ending (Story Structure in Harry Potter, Pt V) How Rowling Kept the Middle from Dragging (Story Structure in Harry Potter, Pt IV) How Rowling Created Obstacles for Harry’s Character Development (Story Structure in Harry Potter, Pt III) How Rowling Cornered Harry at the Point of No Return (Story Structure in Harry Potter, Pt II) Story Structure in Harry Potter: How Rowling Became a Billionaire by Following the Rules (Pt I) Pace How Rowling Used Suspense to Build a Seamless Plot (Pacing in Harry Potter, Pt III) How Rowling Sustained the Suspense (Pacing in Harry Potter, Pt II) How Rowling Delivered Suspense from the Very Beginning (Pacing in Harry Potter, Pt I) Characters Character Trumps Setting: The Secret behind Harry Potter’s Success 7 Ways to Create Interesting, Original Characters Theme How to Appropriately Express Your Theme Voice Famous Writers on How They Developed Their Voice Genre What Self-Publishers Need to Know about Virtual Co-op (Genre Categories, Pt II) How Genre Categories Can Make or Break Your Book (Genre Categories, Pt I) Revising Finish Your Book in Three Drafts (Yes, Really) Behind the Scenes of a Bestseller: How Rowling Revised ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ Publishing An Interview with Indie Author Jenny Bravo Nail Your Pitch: Avoid the Common Pitfalls, Sell Your Story 3 Things That Will Get You Published Faster The Rights and Responsibilities of Writers Ron and Hermione v. Harry and Hermione, Round 2 Why Rowling Shouldn’t Have Commented on Ron and Hermione’s Relationship You Only Need 1,000 Readers to Make a Living Why You Shouldn’t Give a Damn about Bad Reviews These 8 Questions Will Get You Published Faster Your Audience Should Not Be “Everyone” Inspiration Rowling’s Life as an Author: What It Was Really Like Writing Harry Potter Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad If You’re an Amateur Writer If You Want to Be a Writer, Do This Monday Motivation: Nathan Bransford’s Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer Professional Writers Give Themselves Permission to Suck Famous Writers Who Trusted Their Instincts and Found Success Don’t Give Up: Following through on Your Writing Goals Use Your Demons to Fuel Your Writing Make Your Writing Quirks Work for You Writers Write (Most of the Time) On Rejection: What If There Was No Dr. Seuss? Resource Recommendations Top 5 Best Books on Writing in 2013 Top 5 Best Books on Writing in 2012 Motivational Quotes Is Your Story Not Embarrassing Enough? Why You Need to Fail If You Want to Write Are You Killing the Fun in Your First Draft? How to Overcome Page Fright Have You Set the Bar Too Low? Is Fear Keeping You from a Writing Career? The One Thing That Will Kill Your Manuscript What Writers Need When the Going Gets Tough How Much Should You Practice before Publishing? Do You Really Want to Be a Writer?