• Handling Rejection

    So you’ve chosen the path of the creative. Congrats, you’re pursuing your calling! At least, I hope it’s your calling. I hope you’re driven, excited and passionate about what will be your life’s work. Otherwise you’re not going to make it. Seriously. If you’re not 1000 percent committed to this path, the rejection you’re going to […]

  • Hundreds of Writing Prompts for Creative Writers

    I have a lot of writing prompts, a large number of them free. The rest are available monthly through a subscription called Prompted (but more on that below). Here’s a list. 25 Fantasy Writing Prompts 30 Scifi Writing Prompts 25 New Scifi and Fantasy Writing Prompts 34 More Scifi and Fantasy Writing Prompts 25 Scifi […]

  • What Writers Like You Wish They Knew, pt 2

    Last week I published the first part of this series — I’d asked a bunch of writers on my mailing list what they wish they knew before they started writing. I got a ton of fantastic responses, too many to include all of them, sadly — but I’ve picked 10 more to share with you. […]

  • What Writers Like You Wish They Knew, pt 1

    What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started writing? I posed that question to several thousand people on my mailing list recently and here are a few of the responses I’ve identified with the most. These are writers at all stages of their careers, from all kinds of backgrounds, ages, walks […]

  • Productivity and Writing Tools for Storytellers

    There really is an app for everything. And that’s a good thing! Even just a few years ago many of the tasks now handled (sometimes automatically) by bits of software would’ve taken me hours and hours of work each week. These tools (though not all specific to storytellers, are definitely tools storytellers can use) have boosted […]

  • 3 Secrets To The Compound Effect

    What is the Compound Effect? It’s pretty simple. Since most of you are writers, we’ll use you as an example. Write 2,000 words a day and in a month, you’ve got a novel. That’s pretty much it. The compound effect is the idea that small actions, over time, add up to something big. Small Actions […]

  • Human? Then You’re a Natural Storyteller

    Storyteller: (n) a person who tells stories. Well, that was easy, right. If you tell stories, then you’re a storyteller! Catch you later. Kidding. If you write novels or screenplays, then it’s pretty clear. You tell stories. But storytelling is more a part of all of our lives than we realize. In the first Storyed […]

  • Unleash Your Creativity by Limiting Yourself

    Recently I set out to write a new web series. But unlike most spec work that I do, this series is heading to production. That means it had some limitations, mostly the budget. It’s almost non-existent. That meant I was limited to very few characters (because characters translate to actors who translate into steep costs), […]

  • 5 Reasons You’re Still an Amateur Writer

    Amateur isn’t a bad word and being an amateur writer isn’t a bad thing. We all started there — technically it just means that you’re pursuing your work on an unpaid basis. Eventually, most of us, though, want to make the jump from amateur to pro. I think that can look like different things for different […]

  • You’re not Stephen King

    Yet. I think one day, you totally can be as great or even better. Here’s why I’m saying this to you right now. Someone stumbled on an article about common mistakes new writers make — mistakes that make it really easy for editors to toss you into the no pile — and she was incensed. I’ll […]