I Killed a Darling, and I Liked It

I Killed a Darling, and I Liked It

The darling revisited our past pages:   “You said such nice things in the beginning.”   “You weaved sweet and savory.”   “You wrote like each word was our first.” Being a determined storyteller, I played the part between the page:   “It’s not me, it’s you.”  ...
New Plot Structure Video – Plot Milestones

New Plot Structure Video – Plot Milestones

Check out the video below to discover the scenes that most significantly impact a protagonist inside best-selling novels. These signature moments are known as plot milestones, and I’m confident they’ll help you craft a story that connects with...
New Plot Structure Video – Story Heart & 4 Parts

New Plot Structure Video – Story Heart & 4 Parts

Check out the video below to confirm the core elements found in all best-selling novels. Then take a deep dive into the 4 Parts of Plot Structure. Coming Soon: A new video drilling down on Plot Milestones. And if you find the below video helpful, please consider...
Why Your Story Choices Come with High Stakes

Why Your Story Choices Come with High Stakes

My first story coach offered me a refund. Full or partial. Whatever I needed to feel whole. Why? My eligibility was explained in an email. Here are a few quotes: “I couldn’t tell you the main storyline.” “I can’t tell you, with confidence, what anybody in...
Your Hero Isn’t Your Story’s Most Important Character

Your Hero Isn’t Your Story’s Most Important Character

I broke up with my girlfriend on her birthday. (Sorry Heather.) It happened in Jr. High School… All our friends were at her house for a pool party and while everybody else swam, I sat alone on the patio looking at her birthday gift because taped to the wrapped perfume...
Confession, I’m No Hero

Confession, I’m No Hero

I’m going to tell you something I’ve never shared with my wife. This something isn’t the kind of thing you disclose on a first date. Ya don’t say it when you propose. Definitely not your wedding night. Hmm, confessing after eleven years of marriage...