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New Plot Structure Video – Overview

Hey storyteller, I shared a couple months ago that I planned to create some new, free stuff for you. So I surveyed the community and received some fantastic feedback. (Thanks again!) After taking some time off traveling to a couple countries, enjoying family b-days...

A Writer’s Carol – by Mr. (Scrooge) Villalva

Do you remember the moment you knew you were meant to be a writer?I’ve read about people knowing at an early age that writing was their purpose. Their early calling compels me to take on a Scrooge-like demeanor because I’m not that writer.I’m a late bloomer and that...

4 Direct Disciplines to Help You Succeed as a Perfectionist

I want to be perfect. Yet I know that’s not happening. Like ever. But I still want it. And worse. I want you to be perfect. I want you to always smile back when I smile. I want you to always say “you’re welcome” in response to my “thank you.” I want you to always...

The One Lie You Must Stop Telling Yourself Today

“You shouldn’t have said the truth.” That’s what my wife declared after I shared this story with her… THE SUMMER BEFORE YESTERDAY I’d just finished helping a wonderful family load up their moving truck. That’s when I offered handshakes, hugs, and the parting words of...

The Great Storytelling Hoax: Why Fear is the True Path

I want urinal partitions mandated inside all men’s restrooms. Why? I get stage fright. Because when a few seconds pass without success, the pressure mounts. That’s when time slows and I overthink how to expedite my prolonged bathroom break. Apparently, I’m not the...

The U.S. election is over. Here’s who I chose…

The world didn't end after the U.S. elected its new president. My friends haven’t started moving to another country. And nobody’s bought a bunker to my knowledge. (But text me if you did because I’d like to say farewell to my brothers and sisters.) The Days Before the...

4 Shameless Reasons Why You SHOULD Write for the Money

People preach that "you shouldn't write for the money." They proclaim you should strictly do it for the love of the craft. Or your audience. Or other honorable reasons. Unfortunately, these people have forsaken you. Because you should write for the money, and I’m here...

5 Wicked Ways Your Writing Dreams Are Crushing Your Soul

You know your purpose in life. So you dream of your words connecting with readers. You dream of finishing a story you're proud to share with the world. You dream of your pages spreading like wildfire across blogs, book clubs, and best-seller lists. And while those are...

The Twisted Truth About Becoming the Writer You’re Meant to Be

You’re not fooling anyone. I know what you really look like underneath that human costume. Yep, I know what you are, and it’s not normal. In fact, you’re not even from this planet. You’re a stranger visiting a strange land. You don’t remember though, do you? Huh,...

The Most Overlooked Thing You DON’T Need to Become a Real Writer

My best friend no showed my wedding. To be fair he was only my best friend during my teenage years, but he still missed my wedding. It went down like this… I invited him to my wedding. He RSVPed he’d attend with a guest. He no showed. A few years later I ran into him,...

Open Letter to the Humans Who Haunt Me

The phone rang but I didn't answer. It was him. It was her. It was you. I thought the humans expected something from me. Not anything of value, just more than I could offer. These people cared about me, and I cared about them, but I didn’t know how to show it, so I...

3 Ways to Create a Villain (Who Audiences Want & Heroes Need)

Remember the Create a Villain post I wrote for the awesome Christine Frazier at Better Novel Project? Well, I just finished working with someone to create an infographic for it. Take a look below, and holler in the comments to let me know your favorite villain....

Recommended Events – Coming Soon

I just wanted to loop you about a few events I’m really excited about. First, my friends, Larry Brooks and Jennifer Blanchard, are running a 4-day novel development retreat in Portland, Oregon on April 3-7. The event is called Your Story On Steroids, and I believe...

How to Find Your Writing Voice (Without a Single Keystroke)

Some writers aren’t famous for what they write about, but how their writing voices sing on the page. Their cadence elevates them beyond countless wordsmiths vying for attention. Chuck Palahniuk, Anne Rice, and Kurt Vonnegut are a few strong voices that come to mind....

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