Make More Time for What Matters Most

I’m Mary Buckham, USA Today bestselling author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, Writing Active Hooks and co-author of Break Into Fiction®

Looking to wake up your writing and get inspired?
Starting in September, 2017  I’m doing a 90-minute writing webinar every month. A new topic each month, a new opportunity to grow your craft. 

Download my free book, Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail and discover how to start powering up YOUR writing immediately (no matter what you’re writing)

I Am a Virtual Writing Mentor

I help high achieving writers—just like you—get the writing craft secrets, the confidence and the mental boost you need to win at writing and succeed at life. This starts with developing mastery in three areas. Which do you need help with?
​Powering up Your Plotting

Discover how to structure a powerful plot to create the stories you’ve always wanted to write

Grasping Active Setting

Discover how to maximize your setting that turns blah narrative into an all-powerful tool on the page​

Mastering Powerful Hooks

Discover how to compel your readers to turn the pages of your novels from the first sentence to the last.​

How to Win at Writing by Pursuing Your Passion

on the Page

If you’re like most of my writing students, you’re a determined, high-achiever. You are committed to your writing, and—equally important—succeeding at writing. You strive to grow, get better with your craft, and reach your full potential. You want to leave a lasting impact on the world with YOUR stories.
But something keeps getting in the way;
“I tend to simply wait to see what my characters will do that grows into a story. It sounds romantic. It’s not. It’s enough to make me pull my hair out. What I really want is to maximize my productivity and have a stronger vision or plan for the story. There’s a part of me that desperately wants to be an architect. I want to increase production and to do that I need to alter my process.
Does This Sound Like You? Be Honest:
  • Do you feel like you’re lacking clarity as you struggle writing your book?
  • Do you feel frustration when your brilliant ideas peter out the deeper you get into your story?
  • Do you feel you need something to plot quicker?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed with all the elements of plotting and want a plan that you can build one step at a time?
If so you’re not alone. Most writers have felt this way.

I Know How You Feel

I know what it feels like to be in over you head in your story—to have your characters start racing around in circles, or worse, to walk off the page or lay down and quit.
For the longest time, I, too, struggled to understand plotting. Too often, the more information I received the more confused I became. Confused and frustrated.​
“I am inspired AND re-energized. As much as I’ve wanted to write fiction, and as much as I’ve studied the writing of fiction, it never made much sense to me until now. You have so much information to share, and you are a master at sharing it. Thanks so much for putting this together for us. It has been a big blessing for me right at this time of my life. ~ Mary M
As a fiction writer, and one who started writing with five children under foot as well as working outside the home, I faced the reality of juggling too much to do with no time dither around with my writing. The answer is to understand the intention of story structure.
Once I figured that out, I was able to use the limited time I had to maximize my writing time with my life.

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Plotting Can Make a Difference

Today, I am a keynote speaker, writing craft instructor and the author of twelve novels, four novellas and seven writing craft books including Break Into Fiction®: 11 Steps to Building a Powerful Story. I wrote it with my friend and plotting partner, New York Times bestselling author Dianna Love. ​
The template approach forces me to identify the base conflicts of the story in the beginning and helps ensure that every scene I write drives the plot forward. I recommend the Break Into Fiction® workshop to writers of all levels who want to write tight, tense, conflict-driven stories, and because Mary is awesome.”
~Melinda Leigh
I am a full-time author and authorpreneur. I love sharing what I’ve learned about the craft of writing, of being a writer and of finding ways to do what you love—writing—more efficiently, more intentionally and with passion.

I offer live-events, webinar training, and practical, actionable tools for high achieving writers.​

All You Need Is a Mentor

I would like to be your virtual mentor, helping you navigate the challenges of writing and life, so that you can succeed at both.
You don’t have to continue to feel frustrated or overwhelmed. You don’t need to choose between success as a writer, and success in life. You can reach your potential in both!​
There aren’t many people I can think of who can help writers as much as you do.
Start by focusing on YOUR writing. You can subscribe to my email newsletter. When you do, I will email you a free copy of my e-book, Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail, as well as two more e-books, one on craft, one on motivation, to help you move forward in reaching your dreams and goals!

You asked…now it’s HERE!

Writing Active Hooks the Complete How-to Guide

Everything from the first two Writing Active Hooks books, plus all-new examples, both before and after, from students and newbie writers up to examples from award-winning authors.

Now discover all ten universal hooks in one complete volume. The Complete How-to Guide covers the full set of universal hooks, plus an analysis of the key locations for hooks across genres.

Learn to hook readers from the first page and keep them hooks and turning pages throughout your story.

Ready to Learn About Writing Setting?

Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story.
Learn how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose.

All About Plotting

The updated edition of BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 STEPS TO BUILDING A POWERFUL STORY is now available.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (write by the seat of your pants), Break Into Fiction® is the book that will help you find the weak spots (sagging middles, unlikeable characters, slow pacing and more) in your fiction stories. Editing is key to any story, but it starts with the author. Writing fast means nothing if the final story isn’t sound. But the sooner you grasp the power points for a story, the faster you’ll be able to build a strong backlist. Now you have a way to improve your writing one easy step at a time.​

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