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It’s a Giveaway + Get 25% off!

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, and to get into the spirit of things, I’m hosting a giveaway! PLUS I’m giving every new mailing list subscriber 25% off any purchase in my store!


What am I giving away?

My box of awesome Christmas goodies, including jelly beans, brain teasers, bookmarks and fans.
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That’s a great question. Each week from now until Santa makes his midnight run, I’m going to be sending one awesome person a random present from my special box of goodies.

There are some pretty cool things in there, including:

  • Hero mugs
  • Astronaut USB lights
  • USB thumb drives, shaped like an actual thumb
  • Pens, both sparkly and syringe-shaped
  • Bookmarks

All you have to do to enter is join the newsletter, and open each week’s email to go into the draw. Pretty easy, huh?

To make it even better, I have an extra special Christmas surprise for all of my subscribers! But you have to wait until Christmas.

Enter the Giveaway & get your 25% discount!


Blake Synder's Beat Sheet, with template

Cover of Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
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If you want to understand how the beat sheet works, check out this book.

Best for those outling a new work.

What’s awesome about it

  • The word count for each beat

What’s not-so-awesome

  • It’s daunting, especially when your manuscript is half-written
  • No capacity to outline subplots

The awesome

When I first came across Blake Synder’s Beat Sheet (BS2), I was half-way through the manuscript for Hero and the word count for each beat made me to blanch. The idea of trying to shoehorn my (at that point in time) pantsed story into all of those little boxes (opening image, catalyst, black moment) with their prescribed word counts, was more than my brain could take, but when I went back to the BS2, a new story in mind, they appeared as godsends.  Continue reading

5 more Scrivener templates

Screenshot of open Scrivener template showing the new template sheets.
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5 new Scrivener template sheets for your enjoyment.

I might have previously mentioned that I love templates, and you might ask why. I love them because they make world-building easier, not in a ‘this is how things must be done’ way, but in a ‘here’s some questions to get you started’ way.

Sometimes, when I’m in the thick of creating a story, or the world it’s going to be set in, I have an idea for a something (generally a plant, animal, person or thing). This something often plays an important role in my developing plot (or world), and while I may know a few details, such as its name and function, the nitty-gritty can elude me.  Continue reading