A look at how I use Ulysses to write novels.

Writing

May 25, 2020

what my writing app looks like

Clutch your pearls, because we’re talking: how to write sex scenes!

Writing

April 6, 2020

4 Tips for Writing Steamy Scenes

Be flexible with your muse, and your muse will be flexible with you.

Writing

March 27, 2020

3 Ways to Foster Creativity

Why tension in a novel is crucial to creating a page-turner.

Writing

March 14, 2020

writing a page-turner

A definition of fiction writing’s “mirror cliché,” and why you should avoid it.

Writing

February 6, 2020

Avoid this character-writing cliché

A practical, tough-love approach on how to write faster.

Writing

September 6, 2019

How To Write More Words In a Day

How you can learn from the books of your favorite authors.

Writing

July 16, 2019

Story Mapping

What it really means to kill your darlings.

Writing

February 6, 2019

Cutting Scenes from your Novel

Three tips for prioritizing your writing time and dreams.

Writing

January 30, 2019

How To Protect Your Writing Time

How to write snappy, witty dialog.

Writing

January 23, 2019

5 Tips for Better Dialog

How long should chapters in a novel be?

Writing

January 16, 2019

On chapter length

The book that single-handedly pulled me out of a creative rut.

Writing

January 9, 2019

Recommended Reading for Writers: Big Magic

An inside look at the writing process of a New York Times bestselling romance author.

Writing

January 2, 2019

My Writing Process

Five proven ways to make writing 50,000 words a tiny bit easier.

Writing

October 26, 2018

5 Ways to Prep for NaNoWriMo

How to approach that rarely-discussed manuscript stage between first-draft and polishing.

Writing

September 6, 2018

Mastering the Mysterious Second Draft

Why conflict is the single-most important element for crafting a story people can’t put down.

Writing

April 6, 2018

How to write conflict

Getting real about what it takes (and doesn’t take) to write a book.

Writing

March 2, 2018

18 Myths About Writing a Book

The truth about how long it takes to write a book.

Writing

October 5, 2017

How long does it take to write a book?

Recommended reading for aspiring writers, or authors who want to hone their craft.

Writing

September 27, 2017

Five Best Books for Writers

4 Methods for Outlining Your Novel.

Writing

September 20, 2017

How I Outline My Novels

Advice for faster writing and higher word counts.

Writing

August 2, 2017

5 Tips for Fast Drafting

Tough love on what it takes to be an author.

Writing

September 4, 2012

On Being a Writer – What Nobody Told Me