Rank #1: Most Common Mistakes Series: Does Your Character Lack Purpose?
The result of any of these purpose-sapping boredom causers will be treacle-slow scenes that fail to move the plot forward - and probably don't do much to advance character either.
Rank #2: 3 Signs You Should Give Up on Your Story
Three reasons why you should perhaps give up on your story.
Rank #3: 10 Excuses for Not Writing - and How to Smash Them
Consider some of our most common writing excuses, when they're true, when they're not, and how to get past them.
Rank #4: 6 Tips to Help You Finish Your Book
Many obstacles can get in your way as you try to finish your book. Here are six tips you you can use to identify and fix the problems standing in your way.
Rank #5: What's Your Writing Personality?
A quick look at all four personalities to help writers identify into which categories they prominently fall and how to make the most of them.
Rank #6: Have You Chosen the Wrong Tone for Your Story?
The tone you choose for your story can make or break your book. It will affect every single page you write. Tone guides readers in figuring how they are supposed to view a story.
Rank #7: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered
I asked those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter for story-structure questions you'd like me to address before I wrap up the series.
Rank #8: How to Create Awesome Scene Arcs That Surprise Readers
You can write perfectly structured scenes, but if they lack emotional arcs, they will still fall flat. Learn three ways to write powerful scene arcs.
Rank #9: How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist
Struggling to plot your book? Good things happen when you focus on figuring out how to plot your book by first examining your antagonist's goals.
Rank #10: 6 Ways to Pull off Dual Timelines in Your Novel
Some stories are so complicated they require not just one, but two timelines to tell everything.
Rank #11: 6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters
Writers have to know their characters down to their cores and understand how to flesh them out in the pages of their books.
Rank #12: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 10: The Climax
The climax of a story should have readers on the edges of their seats. They should be breathless, tense, and curious to the point of bursting.
Rank #13: Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Character?
Although the variations of character arcs are as endless as the vagaries of human nature, we can narrow character arcs down to three basic types, with a few primary variations upon each.
Rank #14: How You May Be Killing Your Story's Tension
Tension is the threat of conflict. It's conflict's calmer - but no less potent - cousin.
Rank #15: The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)
Discover the five most important secrets of good storytelling--which also happen to be the five most common problems in modern books and movies.
Rank #16: 5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist
Plot twists can bring a whole new dimension to your story. But done with less finesse than not, they can also submarine the whole thing.
Rank #17: The #1 Way to Write Intense Story Conflict
To reach your goal of writing gripping and intense story conflict, you must first learn how to make that conflict matter to readers. Here's how!
Rank #18: Talent vs. Learning: Do You Have to Be Born a Writer?
What if the dream of becoming a bestselling author is something within the reach of anyone willing to do a little hard work?
Rank #19: Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things
Even if your character's goal only falls into one of these categories, you'll be able to verify you've created a deeply realistic story, one that will resonate on a primal level with readers everywhere.
Rank #20: How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps
Here's an actionable five-step plan for going beyond simply being a reader and instead learning how to study plot and character in your favorite stories.