Writing can be overwhelming, and solitary for most people. There are long hours of research, editing, and generally looking over your work for mistakes. Although writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, it doesn’t have to be an adventure you
Outlines are an important part of writing. You can’t write something without knowing where it will go. Outlines are important because it gives you something to follow when you are writing. You should have something to follow when writing so
How many times have you had a great idea for a story or novel but you weren’t sure how to write it out? Writing can be a very intensive process: it involves a lot of research, outlining, and rewriting drafts.
Have you ever read a novel that you thought was completely amazing that had very dull, boring characters? I am willing to bet you haven’t. Characters in fiction are what pull the reader in and make the story come alive.
Writing is a long and arduous process. It can also be the most fulfilling. One of the hardest things to do is share your work with others when it is being worked on, or what is called a rough draft.
We talked in our last blog about finding your voice as an author. If you missed it, go check it out. Today we will discuss how to strengthen the way you voice your stories. Having a powerful voice in your
There seems to be a little bit of confusion in the writing world about the infamous em dash. Recently, I was part of a discussion on Twitter with other authors who seem to think the usage of the em dash
Whether you’re an “action right off the bat” kind of person or enjoy a slow burn, having a strong opening paragraph/page/chapter (a.k.a. the hook) is imperative. We’ve noticed a trend of kickback to the advice of action right from the
Okay, you’ve decided to take the plunge. Maybe you’ve written short stories over the years. Maybe you’re the sort of person who’s good at finishing them—or maybe you’re not. Maybe, like me, you’ve scribbled ideas for stories all over the
Have you ever heard from your critique group or beta readers that your manuscript needs to be rewritten because it isn’t “character driven?” What is a character driven story? It can be very frustrating to pour your heart and soul