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. Give Your Characters Tough Goals
  18. Hearing Your Voice
  19. Hook readers with specific characterizations
  20. How Do You Feel?
  21. Know Your Character’s Motivation—or Else
  22. Perspective: Pointing the Way to Story
  23. Plot: It’s What Happens after the Shower
  24. Raising Your Story’s Stakes
  25. Research: Looking for the Forest? Or the Trees?
  26. Say That Again: Writing Dialogue
  27. Scene Glue: Transitions and Sequels
  28. Self-Editing at the Finish Line
  29. Setting: Finding the Right Place
  30. Start Your Book on Familiar Ground
  31. Static Settings: Make Them Do More
  32. Time and Your Story
  33. Top 10 Plot Problems of 2013
  34. Use Setting and Background to Meet Reader Expectations
  35. Using the Right Scene Glue: Transitions and Sequels
  36. Weathering Wuthering Heights: When Characters Change (or don’t)
  37. Where’s the Plot?
  38. Writing a Blockbuster: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict
  39. Writing a (Character-Driven) Romantic Comedy
  40. Writing Dialogue: What You Say after Said
  41. Your Job Description
  42. Your Title, [or] Your Book in Five Words or Less