Abi Wurdeman

Abi Wurdeman

Abi Wurdeman is the author of Cross-Section of a Human Heart: A Memoir of Early Adulthood, as well as the novella, Holiday Gifts for Insufferable People. She also writes for film and television with her brother and writing partner, Phil Wurdeman. On occasion, Abi pretends to be a poet. One of her poems is (legally) stamped into a sidewalk in Santa Clarita, California. When she’s not writing, Abi is most likely hiking, reading, or texting her mother pictures of her houseplants to ask why they look like that.

How Many Scenes Should Be in a Chapter? This Many!

Can't get a clear answer on how many scenes should be in a chapter? Here's how to calculate the answer for your book.

57 Genius-Sparking Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Looking for great writing exercises for fiction writers? We've got you covered with prompts to inspire story, character, and more.

Clear the Clog: How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Want to learn the secret of how to overcome writer's block? You've got to get to the root of the problem. We can help.

How to Describe Clothing in Writing Without Boring Everybody

Not sure how to describe clothing writing? It's easier (and more fun) than you might think. Here's everything you need to know.

How to Write Exposition: Transform Tedium into Triumph

Want to learn how to write exposition that's not so explainy? Divulge compelling backstory using these tried-and-true tips.

20 Original Character Questions (This Might Get Weird)

Need original character questions to inspire your work in progress? Dig deep with these one-of-a-kind character interview questions.

Why Does Character Motivation Matter if the Plot Slaps?

Why does character motivation matter? Find out why a thrilling plot is not enough and how to design motivation that resonates with readers.

Character Development Questions That Aren’t About Eye Color

Here are sixty-five character development questions, plus tips on how and when to interview your characters. Get inspired and get unstuck!

A Giant Pile of Character Ideas to Jump-Start Your Brain

Need character ideas for your next story? Find a ton of original ideas and brainstorming questions right here!

The Seductress Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Seducer/Seductress archetype can help you craft unforgettable villains and surprisingly sympathetic anti-heroes. Learn how.

The Orphan Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Orphan archetype makes for both inspiring heroes and unsettlingly sympathetic villains. Learn how to use this archetype in your story.

The Caregiver Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The caregiver archetype is more than a saint. Learn how to craft a fascinating, flawed, and deep-souled caregiver for your story.

The Innocent Archetype – Everything You Need to Know

Get to know the Innocent archetype, from Buddy the Elf to Andy Dwyer. Learn how to write this lovable (and sometimes chaotic) character.

The Jester Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

What is the Jester archetype? Find out what you need to know to give your funniest character true purpose and depth.

The Hero Archetype - Everything You Need To Know

What is the hero archetype? From epic heroes to anti-heroes, here's everything you need to know about crafting a compelling hero.

Three Act Structure

What is three-act structure? Learn why this story structure is so effective and whether it can help you plot your novel.

The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey is a classic story structure. Learn why it's so popular among writers and how to apply it to your own storytelling.

Dan Harmon's Story Circle

Learn about Dan Harmon's Story Circle—what it is, how it can help you plot your novel, and whether it's right for you.

How to Write a Children's Book – The Ultimate Guide [With Template]

Learn how to write a children's book with this ultimate guide and template for designing a story that resonates with young readers.

What is a book synopsis?

Learn how to write a book synopsis that gets the attention of agents and publishers. It's easier than you think.

How To Write A Book – The Ultimate Guide

Learn how to write a book in this ultimate guide. Plus find editing tips, map out a publishing journey, & download a free outlining template.

How to Start Writing

Unsure of how to start writing? This easy guide and checklist will help you turn your writing dreams into a reality.

The Character Development Worksheet You’ve Been Looking For

Snag this free, downloadable character development worksheet, designed to help you craft compelling characters and write an unputdownable story.

Author’s Tone: The Sneaky Li’l Secret to Roping Them In

Author's tone is an abstract, slippery concept. But once you've mastered this skill in your writing, you'll have a powerful tool for captivating readers.

How to Become a Successful Author If You’re Just Some Person

Not sure how to become a successful author—or if it's even possible? Learn exactly what it takes to make it as a writer.

Creating Character Arcs: Torment Your Hero in Eight Steps

Creating character arcs isn't for the faint of heart. You've got to be ruthless. You've got to be strategic. And it also helps to read this step-by-step guide.

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