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Tame Your Book

Tame Your Book

By Grant Ferguson
Arthur C. Clarke wrote in Profiles of the Future, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” So, what can technology do for you? The right software can magically convert instructions into repeatable processes, encouraging creativity while improving the quality of your writing.
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What are Global Story Beats?
A beat describes a unit of action or change, but you might wonder, what are Global Story Beats? Learn more at
July 21, 2021
What Is the Difference between Conflict, Tension, and Suspense?
James Scott Bell, an excellent author and teacher wrote: We start to care about characters when trouble—or the hint of it—comes along. Get the FREE Conflict & Tension Checklist: 60-plus captivating ideas you can use to increase reader engagement.
July 14, 2021
What Is Publisher Rocket?
Listen to how Publisher Rocket can help you sell more books. And for an in-depth Publisher Rocket Review, visit
July 7, 2021
What Is Foreshadowing?
By the end of this podcast, you’ll grasp a technique for writing page-turners. After the podcast, visit, and let me show you step-by-step How to Foreshadow with Scrivener.
June 30, 2021
Is Scrivener Better Than Word?
Today I’m going to answer a frequently asked question: Is Scrivener better than Word? Visit Tame Your Book and let me show you why Scrivener is the preferred app for writing full-length novels.
June 23, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 3)
In this multi-post series, you’ll discover techniques and technology to help you self-edit. Part 3 offers questions to uncover plot problems and opportunities. To read the full post with examples, visit
June 16, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 2)
In this multi-post series, you’ll discover techniques and technology to help you self-edit. Part 2 offers advice on scene-by-scene editing of characters. To learn more, visit
June 9, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 1D)
In this multi-post series, you’ll discover techniques and technology to help you self-edit your novel. Today's podcast discusses how you can use Scrivener's Custom Metadata to write and edit using deep point-of-view techniques. For more information, visit
June 2, 2021
Knowledge Retention Comes One Choice at a Time
Are you drowning in a sea of post-it-notes? You find answers to writing questions, but then must choose how to keep track of them. Knowledge retention comes one choice at a time—decide how you'll use technology to preserve your hard-earned education. To learn more, visit
May 26, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 1C)
In this multi-post series, you’ll discover techniques and technology to help you self-edit your novel. Today I’ll show how Custom Metadata can help you: add, update, and track essential story information, perform a scene-by-scene content review, enhance the bond between readers and characters, and avoid distracting readers with the author’s voice. Visit to view the online post and examples.
May 26, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 1B)
In today’s podcast, I’ll cover how ProWritingAid can help you decrease reader frustrations, reduce critical reviews caused by embarrassing errors, improve the writing consistency, and edit Scrivener scenes with no copy and paste. To view the entire post with examples, visit
May 19, 2021
Self-edit Your Novel (Part 1A)
In this multi-part series, you’ll discover techniques and technology that will help you self-edit your novel. To see the story blueprints and spreadsheet mentioned in this podcast, view this post at
May 12, 2021
Organize Your Character Profiles
Character descriptions can take on lives of their own. Some writers map out every little detail while others list only the highlights. Regardless of your preference, with a series, you’ll want to organize your character profiles. For more information, visit
May 5, 2021
Add Stakes to the Story Spine
H. R. D’Costa’s book, Story Stakes, shows writers how to increase tension by leveraging the negative consequences of failure. For more information, visit
April 28, 2021
Build a Story Spine
The Story Spine is a multifaceted writer’s tool, enabling you to improvise a narrative quickly, identify what it’s about, and edit a bloated draft. To view the written post and explore the writing resources, visit
April 21, 2021
Personify Your Story Settings
Bring your story settings to life. Read the full post at
April 7, 2021
What Can Technology Do for You?
To explore how technology can improve your writing, visit
March 31, 2021
Villains Are Heroes in Their Stories
This episode is also available as a blog post at
March 24, 2021