Making Time: Doing the Work.

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Today we talk about doing the work, what gets in the way, and simple step to get it back on track.

Suspense: Inside Edition

Monday, November 21st, 2016


Now it’s time to talk about suspense created inside a character when he’s at war with
himself…or at war with the world around him.

It’s slugged: Wait for it…Suspense!

Monday, October 31st, 2016


Every novel needs a healthy wallop of suspense to keep things moving. Today we talk about how to get that suspense ball rolling.

Subplots: Color coding.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016


You don’t want a subplot wandering off and disappearing. A low-tech way to check subplots.

Subplots and how to use them.

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Done correctly, subplots add significant value to your novel. Here are some ideas.

Creating subplots that work

Sunday, October 9th, 2016


A subplot is like the compact car next to the standard model; it has many of the same features, but it’s tinier.

Toning the midsection: Plotting

Sunday, September 4th, 2016


Just like people, this section can be flabby. Here are some plotting tips for keeping the middle of your novel tight.

From Here to Partway There: plotting the first 3rd.

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

You’ve figured out the ending and the plot points it takes to get there. Now it’s time to plot out the beginning third.

Connecting the dots: Plotting the last 3rd

Sunday, August 21st, 2016


What happens…just before?    Plotting the final 3rd of your novel, starting at your last scene.