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what does it mean to be an author?

Does it mean you have a six-figure contract with Simon and Schuster? Does it mean you’ve got 500k followers on Twitter? What about so many bags of fan mail in your PO Box that you have to hire someone to read it for you?

It can mean that, but it doesn’t have to.

Let me tell you now: YOU. ARE. WORTHY.

The articles here were created with the deepest love for you, magical writer, to help you grow from where you are to where you want to be. What does your writing look like right now? Are you…

  • Frustrated with how little writing you get done day-to-day?
  • Angry at yourself for not doing this thing as fast as you “should”?
  • Ashamed to share your work with people you know because it might be “bad”?
  • Just plain tired, overwhelmed, and stuck with too many disparate ideas and no finished novel?

You’re in the right place. Make a cup of tea and take a deep breath. We will turn your writing life into gold. 

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Are you struggling to give your story direction and purpose? Do you find yourself lost in the twists and turns of your own narrative? The answer lies in identifying your story's Central Dramatic Question. Let's explore the importance of the CDQ and get tips and tricks for uncovering it within your own story. From analyzing your premise to understanding your protagonist's motivations, I'll guide you through the process of discovering your CDQ and unlocking the true potential of your novel—the easy way.
Writing & Editing

How to find your novel’s Central Dramatic Question

The Central Dramatic Question of a story is the driving force behind that story. Without it, there is no force, and there are no turning pages. In general terms, the Central Dramatic Question provides a clear goal for the protagonist and sets up the stakes for the story, but what is it, really?

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Magical Life

How to Create Better Writing Habits… the Smart Way!

Have you ever actually been asked what your biggest weakness was in a job interview? It’s the urban legend of interview questions that, unfortunately, is actually real. How did you answer it? I care too much? Or maybe Sometimes I’m too detail-focused? And then you quickly made up a story of how you once weakened that … How to break a bad writing habit… the Ravenclaw way! {Alchemy Lab Experiment!}

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