Series: Helping Writers Become Authors

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)

Ep. 529: What Is Dreamzoning? (7 Steps to Finding New Story Ideas)

Every writer knows about daydreaming. But what about dreamzoning? How can it help you cultivate inspiration for your storytelling?

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Ep. 528: 7 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Writing

The problem of overthinking your writing is really part of the larger challenge of learning how to live a truly creative lifestyle.

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Ep. 527: 5 Questions About Scene Sequences

Scene sequences bring together a series of individual scenes into a distinct narrative section, united by focus, location, and/or theme.

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Ep. 526: Are You Growing as a Writer? (Here’s the Only Way to Tell)

Growing as a writer is not merely about mastering a skill, but also, and more pertinently, about our growth as human beings.

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Ep. 525: The Power of Chiastic Story Structure (Especially in a Series)

An overview of chiastic story structure itself, along with four tips to employ this technique over the longer work of an entire series.

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Ep. 524: The Midpoint as the Swivel Point of Your Story’s Linked Structure

How can you keep your pacing tight and the story interesting over the long haul of the Second Act? The simplest answer: Mind the Midpoint.

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Ep. 523: The Link Between Your Story’s Pinch Points

Learn to identify and leverage several important story structure similarities between your story’s Pinch Points.

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Ep. 522: The Link Between Your Story’s First Plot Point and Third Plot Point

Deepen your understanding of story structure by examining the parallel functions of the First Plot Point and the Third Plot Point.

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Ep. 521: The Link Between Your Story’s Hook and Resolution

You can think of the link between your story’s Hook and Resolution in four different ways. Ask these questions to help in brainstorming.

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