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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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NaNo Prep: Getting a Handle on Our Story

Orange sand in hourglass with text: Ready for NaNo? Understanding Our Story

To make NaNo work for us, we need to figure out our goals for the experience—and there’s no wrong answer. However, if our goal is to create a coherent story, we should try to understand story structure.

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October 5, 2017

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What Are Your Writing Strengths?

Man hanging upside down while bouldering with text: Do You Know Your Strengths?

In situations where we want to improve—such as writing—we focus our time on analyzing our weaknesses, and that’s necessary to identify how we can reach the next level of expertise. But at the same time, if we fail to recognize our strengths, we might suffer in several ways.

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September 5, 2017

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Do You Meet the Prerequisites to Be a Writer?

Second story door missing stairs down with text: Writing Prerequisites: Are We Missing a Step?

Are there prerequisites to call ourselves a writer? No. If you write, you’re a writer. Period. But when we pay attention to other writers, every writer—no matter how successful—could find something to feel inadequate about if we let our self-doubt get a hold of us.

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July 13, 2017

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