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Saturday, December 30, 2023

A Gift for You! + Tip

Hey writers! 

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! As some of you know, I serve as a resident writing coach on Writers Helping Writers, and Angela and Becca wanted to thank my sphere by offering a giveaway to my followers: A 6-month subscription to One Stop for Writers!

What is One Stop?

One Stop for Writers is your creativity portal to one-of-a-kind tools and resources that will make planning, writing, and revising a story much easier—especially if you follow the step-by-step Storyteller’s Roadmap!

Libraries are wonderful places—cozy vaults filled with book-sized treasures that smell of ink and make a delightful shoosh sound as their pages are turned. As kids, who among us didn’t run our fingers along the spines, choosing random books and sitting cross-legged to flip through them, hoping to find the perfect story that would whisk us away to an exciting place or set us on a heart-pounding adventure? Imagination, mystery, and possibility. For many, this is what the library embodies.

No one appreciates this more than authors. We’re intuitively aware that books are not only whimsical and fun; they also represent the transformative power of knowledge.

This storehouse of creative information is the inspiration behind One Stop For Writers®. Like a library, One Stop houses a vast collection of reference materials that are intended to help writers improve their craft. Our library is loaded with one-of-a-kind story and character planning resources unlike anything else available.

Our goal is simple: help writers like you find the information and inspiration necessary to elevate your storytelling, saving you time in the process. After all, isn’t your energy best spent doing what you do best—creating enthralling fiction your readers will love?


I have used One Stop for some of my own projects, and some of my clients use it too. It's a wonderful place to get ideas, brainstorm, and map out your story.

And if you love Angela and Becca's Emotion Thesaurus as much as I do, you can find it, and all of their thesauri at One Stop (and since they aren't limited by page count, there are extra entries). ❤️

To get a better idea of everything included, check out Becca's tour of One Stop below.

How to Enter

Entering the giveaway is easy. If you already follow me via email, simply click on the rafflecopter and provide your email address (so I can verify you're subscribed). 

If you don't follow via email, go here and enter your address (make sure to confirm it), then provide it through rafflecopter as well. (When you confirm your subscription, you'll also be directed to a free copy of my Core Principles of Crafting Protagonists booklet--make sure to "bookmark" it.)

The winner will be selected January 15th at 11:59 p.m.!

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(Feel free to thank Angela and Becca by visiting Writers Helping Writers.)


With the holidays falling on my usual writing tip days, I haven't put up another tip yet, but I did write one last month for My Story Doctor that I forgot to share (in case you need something to hold ya over 😉). It's all about plot goals. . . .

While many point to conflict or even the antagonist as the first element of plot, the truth is, plot starts with a goal.

In fact, it's the goal that arguably creates the whole context for the plot. Until there is a goal, what happens doesn't matter much.

There are three basic types of plot goals, and knowing which type you are writing will influence how you set up your story; it will also give you insight into your protagonist. 

To learn more, check out "The 3 Types of Plot Goals."



Registration for my live, online writing course, the Triarchy Method of Story is open, and classes start Jan. 9th. Make 2024 your writing year; start it off with a bang by strengthening the "bones" of your book.

This 12-week course will give you over thirty hours of class time that is almost entirely focused on creating strong story content. I only take on 10 students to ensure that everyone gets proper feedback from me. It's first come, first serve, and as you can imagine by now, spots are filling up.

Learn more or register here

Want to take the course but can't afford to pay for it all at once? Not a problem. You can split your payment in half or in quarters.


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