The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to offer a scheduled and structured time for writers to, well, write. The goal is to write a complete novel of 50,000 words in a month. In other words, we’re all supposed to write like
Writing with a Strong Voice
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
Line, Bait and Hook!
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
Who’s Driving This Train?
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
How to Start a Story
In a hole under the stairs there lived an author. Do I have you interested? Having an effective opening line is an important part of every book and can be a determining factor in the tone and shape of a
Ok, Karen, Part Two! How to Give Feedback
So, you have presented your manuscript to your writers’ group or asked beta readers for their opinions and had your turn receiving feedback. Now it’s time to give your own feedback to someone else. What is the best way to
Ok, Karen! Receiving Critical Feedback
So you have written your manuscript and have finally put enough polish into it to be ready to hand it off to beta readers. After all, beta feedback is a vital part of the editing process and a crucial must
Speak Up! I Can’t Hear Your Voice
We’ve all listened to speakers with a weak voice. They ramble on, speaking in generic terms and meaningless words. They don’t grip us with emotion. They lose focus and go off on rabbit trails using more words to say less.
Write What You Know
How many times have you heard this? Some well-meaning person tries to give you writing advice that seems to be sage wisdom handed down from the gods at some point in history—advice that on the surface appears to make sense
Ready, Set, Sprint! What Can Writing Sprints Do for You?
It’s all about speed Are you a competitive person? Do you thrive in your writing when you know you are conquering goals or besting others in writing progress? Sprints may be something you enjoy doing! No, I don’t mean lacing