Inciting Incident

Inciting Incident

The Inciting Incident Salutations. Padawan! I prepare yourselves, but today I’m going to type at you about the inciting incident. Plot points all have their uses, and I’m not really sure you could rate one above the other. They all serve very crucial roles in developing a compelling story. But the inciting incident is one of the important ones. Why? Because I said so! LOL. Just kidding. The inciting incident is important because it’s really the first major indication of…

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Bestsellers Code: Anatomy of a Blockbuster Novel Review

Bestsellers Code: Anatomy of a Blockbuster Novel Review

The Bestsellers Code: Anatomy of a Blockbuster Novel Greetings, Padawan! Today we’re going over one of my favorite books, The Bestsellers Code: Anatomy of a Blockbuster Novel. Let me use animated language to express my love for this book. LOVE SUPER LOVE EXTORDINARY LOVE LOTS OF LOVE. I almost love it as much as I love pancakes. There, now you know how much I loved this how-to book. Me and how-to books usually get along well because I find them…

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New Release Slivers of Infinity

New Release Slivers of Infinity

I’m so excited and proud to announce the release of my book, Slivers of Infinity! Remember the pretty cover? To be completely honest, there was a part of me that never really believed I’d release a book. That sounds so completely strange, because I’m such a big fan of story and writing. I mean, I do all this preaching at ya’ll! But I was convinced that I’d never really be good enough to release a book into the world. Sounds…

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Slivers of Infinity!

Slivers of Infinity!

I wrote Slivers of Infinity several years ago, and I was really excited about it. Probably because it combines some of my most favorite things (magic and pop-culture) into one glamorous book. There are even pancakes! It was a true labor of love, and I had some great expectations for it. But after receiving lots of rejections, I shelved it. Then I decided to scrap it for parts and moved on to romance. But this story kept hovering in the…

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The Scene Outlining Method

The Scene Outlining Method

What’s up Padawan’s! Today I’ll be typing at you about my scene outlining process. I made this my next post because I covered my Plot Point Method last time, and in that post I mentioned my scene outlining. And instead of making you wait, I wanted to jump on it. It’s also because I’m in an especially good mood. The pancakes I made for breakfast this morning were very delicious. Yum. You can think of scenes as mini-plots within themselves,…

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The Plot Point Outlining Method

The Plot Point Outlining Method

Salutations Padawan! Today, I decided to write about something very near and dear to my heart…Pancakes! Lol, no, not really. Although, those are one of my most favorite things 🤤 A while back, I found myself really struggling to outline a manuscript. Shocking, I know, but it’s the truth. It was a slog. I just couldn’t find an outlining method that I could latch onto and understand. Sure, it sounds simple, “just follow the three act structure,” or “plot according…

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All About Plot Points

All About Plot Points

Greetings, padawan 🧙‍♂️ I hope that wherever you are, life is glorious! And to make it just a little more amazing, today I’ll be telling you all about plot points… Yay! You luck dogs. Now, in the world of writing, there are a lot of different ‘methods’ out there in regards to structuring your novel. There are energetic markers, three acts, four acts, the hero’s journey, and so many more. You could choose a different structuring method with each new…

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar rocks, duh, and is probably (guessing here…) one of the most recognizable film studios in the world. Let’s skim over some facts, since I spent the time doing the research 😉 Pixar’s films have been awarded 485 awards, including 18 Academy Awards, 10 Golden Globes, and 11 Grammys. 14 Pixar films are among the top 50 highest grossing films ever, and it has produced 24 feature films and counting. People, that’s some serious story telling power! Aside from the…

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A Guide to Character Motivation

A Guide to Character Motivation

No joke, Padawan, I sat down to write a blog post and I was like “characters!” And I was all excited because out of everything, characters are my favorite. But then I was staring at my blank screen and was like… dude… where do I start? Characters are so much more complicated than a single post could ever possibly explore. Seriously! So then I was like all sad, because I was thinking I couldn’t write what I wanted to and…

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The Ultimate Character Map

The Ultimate Character Map

Greetings again, grasshopper! I’m very excited to share with you my very own character map, created with my own hands…well, fingers, considering I typed it all out. I assembled this precious document after scouring the interwebs and failing to find one that satisfied me. If you google ‘character map’ there are TONS of examples out there, but none that cover everything I think needs to be covered. Some were really long and contained extra information that wasn’t really necessary. Others…

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