Print or download these free mini-tutorials on the principles of storytelling! 

Learn about the basic dramatic structure of stories and how you can use these fundamental principles in your writing and outlining - fiction or non! 

Did you know that having a great premise line for your book is something you can do ahead of writing it, to help you outline AND a great tool to use when you're done, when you're querying or working on the book blurb? Yep! 

Chapters are dramatic units that do a lot of heavy lifting for your story. They advance the plot, develop character and world and lead us inextricably toward a satisfying ending. Use these guidelines to help you map out your book perfectly! 

What is the underlying structure of story? What are "story beats", "plot points", "act breaks", "turning points", or "dramatic beats" anyway?! Let me break it down for you. 

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Beta readers do an incredibly important job. But only if it's done well. Here are some tips to help you organize and articulate your feedback in ways that will make you an in demand beta reader. 

Don't worry about your character being "likable", make your character vulnerable and a driver in the unfolding story. 

Characters have something in common: they want something, they have a goal. But is what they want the same as what they need? 

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