Help Name My Novel Contest Winning Title

Your enthusiastic response to my outreach for help naming my forthcoming novel delighted me and left me more confused than ever! I especially appreciated the comments explaining why one title beat out another in choosing the winning title in my Help Name My Novel Contest. The vote: 52% for The Boy with a Magic Touch 48% Parallel Lives Based on those percentages, one would assume that The Boy with the Magic Touch is the winning title. Yet, after reading the comments and gaining a terrific … [Read more...]

Writing Blockbuster Plots Goodreads Giveaway

Writing Blockbuster Plots

Always looking for new ways to put my books in the hands of writers, I recently learned about Goodreads Book Giveaway. I've put up 10 copies of my latest release: Writing Blockbuster Plots A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure and Scenes. As I understand the giveaway, to sign-up you simply enter your shipping address. Goodreads decided the winners. I ship a copy of the book using the address you give. One of the greatest hurdles writers face is creating the plot of your novel, … [Read more...]

Finishing and Writing “The End”

I've been writing plot books for writers for twelve years. Twelve is a powerful number in our everyday lives. We divide the year into 12 months. Day is 12 hours. Night is 12 hours. Come to find out, to many, the number 12 symbolizes "the completed cycle of experience." A completed cycle of experience, finishing and writing "the end", letting go, the realization of a goal, the recognition of an accomplishment is exactly how I've been feeling since early April when Writing Blockbuster Plots came … [Read more...]

How to Refine Your Novel: Plot at the Word Level

As I was taking my written and revised and rewritten novel through multiple final steps to refine each scene and consider the impact of the words I chose, I found myself constantly wanting to share what I was finding helpful in how to refine your novel and plot at the word level. Daily, I discovered meaningful insights through new strategies and twisting old strategies in new ways to create plot at the word level. Each time I had the immediate urge to hop on social media or write a post. The … [Read more...]

How to Plot 2 Protagonists in a Novel

I have until Friday to catch up on everything I put on hold when I got serious about resurrecting my novel in late March and invited you to join in and Resurrect that Novel.  A few weeks ago, Jade emailed me a great question lots of writers grapple with -- How to Plot 2 Protagonists in a Novel. I thought I'd share her question and my answer here with you. "I am deep in your Writing Deep Scenes. I just have one question: if my novel has POVs from both the heroine and hero equally, does this … [Read more...]

Help Name My New Novel

I need your help naming my new novel. I love both of the working titles I've been using for different reasons. They each have thematic significance and I can't decide between them. Help name my new novel and win the plot book of your choice (see below). The Boy with the Magic Touch: A Love StoryORParallel Lives: A Love Story Without giving you the concept (coming later), I'd like your spontaneous reaction simply to the title alone.  Win the Book of your Choice To win the book of your choice … [Read more...]