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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.)

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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.)

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I want to love this.

By Ckelley116 - Aug 26 2019
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I want to love this podcast. I really do. The information is invaluable, and it’s really helped me improve my writing. So why can’t I love it? I just cannot stand the way she talks. Half the time she slurs her words like she popped a Valium or did a couple shots before recording. The other half she’s pronouncing words in a way I’ve never heard from a born-and-bred American. It’s so distracting that I simply can’t absorb the information. This might sound petty or mean, which is why I gave it 3 stars (I know a person can’t help their voice; I’m from Philadelphia and I know how grating I must sound to others) but if you’re trying to make yourself known through a voice broadcast, it might be worth it to learn to speak in a way that allows us to focus on what you’re saying rather than the way in which you’re saying it. Newscasters do it all the time. Until then, I’ll stick to the blog.

How to use your outline-fantastic!!

By Jenn Adele - Apr 26 2019
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I LOVED this explanation and guide to using an outline! Thank you for sharing!

iTunes Ratings

377 Ratings
Average Ratings
325
25
13
9
5

I want to love this.

By Ckelley116 - Aug 26 2019
Read more
I want to love this podcast. I really do. The information is invaluable, and it’s really helped me improve my writing. So why can’t I love it? I just cannot stand the way she talks. Half the time she slurs her words like she popped a Valium or did a couple shots before recording. The other half she’s pronouncing words in a way I’ve never heard from a born-and-bred American. It’s so distracting that I simply can’t absorb the information. This might sound petty or mean, which is why I gave it 3 stars (I know a person can’t help their voice; I’m from Philadelphia and I know how grating I must sound to others) but if you’re trying to make yourself known through a voice broadcast, it might be worth it to learn to speak in a way that allows us to focus on what you’re saying rather than the way in which you’re saying it. Newscasters do it all the time. Until then, I’ll stick to the blog.

How to use your outline-fantastic!!

By Jenn Adele - Apr 26 2019
Read more
I LOVED this explanation and guide to using an outline! Thank you for sharing!
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Helping Writers Become Authors

Updated 6 days ago

Rank #49 in Books category

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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.)

Rank #1: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered

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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.
May 13 2012
10 mins
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Rank #2: How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist

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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.
Jun 20 2016
17 mins
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Rank #3: The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)

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Discover the five most important secrets of good storytelling--which also happen to be the five most common problems in modern books and movies.
Jan 08 2018
18 mins
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Rank #4: How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Novels

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Scrivener does more than help writers outline and draft; it's great for editing too. Here are 6 tips for how to use Scrivener to edit a better story.
Aug 01 2016
17 mins
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Rank #5: 3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier

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As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips!
Jun 28 2015
12 mins
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Rank #6: Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers

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Here is a first chapter checklist to help you provide the setup for a solid story and pique the curiosity of your readers with amazing hooks.
Apr 09 2018
12 mins
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Rank #7: Why Self-Conscious Writers Are Doomed

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Aside from the general worries that our storycraft isn't good enough, authors are also usually on the verge of freaking out about what people are going to think about us.
May 20 2012
6 mins
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Rank #8: 10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn't Have to Ask

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Be wary of creating the kind of suspense that has readers floundering to understand the basics of your scene, rather than forging ahead with definite and pressing questions.
Jul 15 2012
6 mins
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Rank #9: Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Character?

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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.
Feb 09 2014
8 mins
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Rank #10: 4 Ways to Write a Likable Protagonist at the Start of His Character Arc

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How can writers create instantly likable protagonists when the characters have to start their arcs as less-than-perfect people?
Jul 26 2015
12 mins
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Rank #11: Don't Write Scenes--Write Images

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Here are six ways you can learn to pay attention to your visual imagination, mine it for its full wealth, and then craft a story that unforgettably shares the riches with your readers.
Feb 26 2018
17 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 452: The 10-Step Checklist to Writing an Above-Average Novel

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On your way to writing an above-average novel, learn how to apply these ten straightforward solutions to common fiction problems.
Dec 10 2018
19 mins
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Rank #13: The Impact Character: Why Every Character Arc Needs One

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The impact character is the one who enables, empowers, or sometimes just plain forces another character(s) to change.
Aug 24 2014
8 mins
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Rank #14: 5 Secrets of Complex Supporting Characters

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All you need to create complex supporting characters are the answers to these five important questions about each of your minor characters.
Jun 27 2016
13 mins
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Rank #15: Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

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Out of resistance comes conflict; out of conflict comes plot. This is the first of many ways in which plot and character arcs are inextricable.
Feb 16 2014
10 mins
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Rank #16: How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character's Arc Should Be

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Choosing your character's arc is every bit as important a decision as choosing the right plot.
Aug 10 2014
8 mins
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Rank #17: Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things

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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.
Oct 26 2014
10 mins
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Rank #18: How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps

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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.
Dec 28 2015
12 mins
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Rank #19: FAQ: How to Write Character Arcs in a Series

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Don't be afraid to go the extra mile by using character arcs in a series. Your readers will adore you for it.
Oct 12 2014
9 mins
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Rank #20: The Great Novel-Writing Checklist

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The 5 items on this novel-writing checklist will impact every page. Whether you're writing or revising, make sure all your story's pieces are in place.
Oct 30 2017
17 mins
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