Category Archives: For Writers

As both a scientist and a toolmaker for creative media people, I spend a lot of time thinking about how fiction works, how we writers do what we do, and how I might be able to help myself (and others) get better at it. This is the section of my web site where I post articles about the business, craft, and tools of writing. I don’t promise that what I have to say will work for everybody else—or even anybody else—but it should always be interesting.

Plot Yoyos – You Can Never Go Back

Click to view video. A new video is out. In this installment, Jefferson and Gilbert discuss the problem of plot yoyos and explain how they sap the energy from your…

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The first-page idiot test

Click image to view. Jefferson dives into the psychology of reading page one, and why understanding that is so crucial to your writing career. Plus he introduces a fun new…

Kicking Immersion Up To Eleven

You’ve provably heard me say that immersion happens naturally, all you have to do is get out of the way. And sure, immersion can only survive for as long as…

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Click to view video Jefferson discusses his theory about the power of well-chosen nouns and their ability to replace heaps of exposition. Paint more evocative worlds using fewer words, and…

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Selling Stories By Telling Stories

Click image to view. Jefferson discusses his method for avoiding the sleazy aftertaste of marketing by telling stories instead of selling stories. Engage readers. Excite fans. Preserve your soul. What’s…

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