Imagine you’re a mermaid (or merman, we don’t discriminate here) and you’re about to embark on an epic adventure. You’ve got your fin-flippers, your seashell bra, and your trusty trident, but hold up – you forgot something crucial. Your setting!
The Ultimate Guide to Failing NaNoWriMo 2022
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
Should I Use an Outline
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
What is a good story without good characters? Am I right?
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.
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
How to Get Started Writing a Novel
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
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
Distractions! (Blame the Cat)
So, you’re writing a chapter of your novel and your cat just won’t stop climbing on your keyboard. We’ve all been in situations where a distraction keeps us from finishing a task, like my two cats keeping me from writing
Whose POV is it Anyway?
How do you know what point of view to choose when writing a story, book, or even a school essay? Is there a right or wrong answer? What are the differences between points of view? In college you’re almost always
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