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Punch Up Our Writing with Word Lists

Magnifying glass searching words on a page

At some point in our editing process, we usually have to get nitpicky about our word choices because the right words often don’t come out in the first draft. This step can be tedious but oh-so-important for strengthening our writing and improving our story’s pace.

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March 15, 2018

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Calling All Scrivener-Using Over Achievers!

Messy-looking red and blue engine with text: Scrivener for the "Frankenstein" Master Beat Sheet

Many of my most popular posts share tools I’ve developed to help writers. By request, here’s a Scrivener template for my Master Beat Sheet, which combines the Save the Cat Beat Sheet and my Story Engineering Beat Sheet.

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January 4, 2018

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How to Create Scene Endings that Hook Readers

Chain links reaching up to clouds with text: How to End a Scene and Pull Readers Forward

We’ve been talking about the difference types of transitions we might create between scenes and plot events. Today, we’re focusing on the types of sentences that will strengthen our scene endings (and thus our scenes).

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December 19, 2017

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Is Your Writing Episodic—or Epic?

Writers Helping Writers: Deepen Your Craft with Resident Writing Coach Jami Gold

It’s time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Writers Helping Writers, and this time we’re talking about how to find and fix episodic writing so we can take our story to “epic” level.

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December 12, 2017

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