Your novel's inciting incidents

"Inciting incidents?" you may be asking. "As in, more than one?" Yep. When I think about the structure of a well-paced novel, I identify...

Your novel's primary conflict

When I sit down to write an edit letter for a client, the first thing I ask myself is: What is this book's primary conflict? Simply put,...

Your novel's Darkest Moment

Today I want to talk about your book's Darkest Moment and give you some ideas about how to self-check that it's the best Darkest Moment...

Your first 50 pages

What should your first 50 pages accomplish? They should hook readers and set up expectations for the journey we're going to be on: the...

Your novel's structure

What is structure? When we talk about the structure of a novel, we're describing the order of the major plot points, the work that needs...