1. 6 Elements of Successful Storytelling
  2. 10 Essential Elements of a Great Escapist Hero
  3. After you begin—then what?
  4. Avoid Construction Accidents: Building Book Structure One Scene at a Time
  5. Backstory: Leave it in the past
  6. Beating Your Scene into Action
  7. Breaking through Writers Block
  8. Build Characters with Action and Motivation
  9. Build Empathy with Point of View
  10. Building the Villainy
  11. Conflict: Characters in Opposition
  12. Deep POV: Plunging Off the Cliff
  13. Defining Your Hero
  14. Don’t Go Overboard: Managing Proportion
  15. Enrich Your Story with Foreshadowing
  16. Finding Reality in an Unreal World
  17. Get More from Your Settings
  18. Give Your Characters Tough Goals
  19. Hearing Your Voice
  20. Hook readers with specific characterizations
  21. How Do You Feel?
  22. Know Your Character’s Motivation—or Else
  23. Love Your Bad Guys
  24. Perspective: Pointing the Way to Story
  25. Plot: It’s What Happens after the Shower
  26. Raising Your Story’s Stakes
  27. Research: Looking for the Forest? Or the Trees?
  28. Say That Again: Writing Dialogue
  29. Scene Glue: Transitions and Sequels
  30. Self-Editing at the Finish Line
  31. Setting: Finding the Right Place
  32. Start Your Book on Familiar Ground
  33. Static Settings: Make Them Do More
  34. Time and Your Story
  35. Top 10 Plot Problems of 2013
  36. Use Setting and Background to Meet Reader Expectations
  37. Using the Right Scene Glue: Transitions and Sequels
  38. Weathering Wuthering Heights: When Characters Change (or don’t)
  39. Where’s the Plot?
  40. Writing a Blockbuster: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict
  41. Writing a (Character-Driven) Romantic Comedy
  42. Writing Dialogue: What You Say after Said
  43. Your Job Description
  44. Your Title, [or] Your Book in Five Words or Less