Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.), you might find that you need some different … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene
I used to have a strict word count goal for my writing sessions. And that time, I was still in school and had only a few hours devoted to writing a day. Having a word count goal pushed me very well, and I got a lot done because of it. But there are different seasons … Continue reading Why Writing Goals Matter
Motivation. This is the driving force in any good story. The protagonist has to be motivated to do the THING. If the protagonist isn't motivation, they won't do the THING. Or if they do the THING but aren't motivated, the story won't make a lick of sense. There are plenty of ways to give your … Continue reading Thought on How You Write that Motivation to Get Your Protagonist Out the Door.
(Photo by Inês Pimentel on Unsplash) (I'm also not trying to sound like Galadriel either) For those of us writing fiction (which I think is everyone here???) We are writing just that. Fiction. Fake stuff. Make believe. Unicorns and dragons and hob goblins. And everybody knows it. Readers pick up your book and think "this is a novel. … Continue reading If You Don’t Believe in Your Book, No one Will (I swear I’m not trying to sound like a cat poster)
The setting: Early, grey morning. I'm half-asleep, having being awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I had just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel. 20,000 words I had NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted and my brain is melted and full of snot. So what do I do? … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing
It seems sometimes writers are held to a mythological level. Writers spending their time roaming misty hills in the highlands, or in small, dark offices, or huddling in the corners of coffee shops. But REALLY? DO WE DO THESE THINGS?? Are the myths all true??? I don't know, I can only speak for myself over … Continue reading 5 Misconceptions About Writers (like no one has done this before.)
I don't like questions like this. It's similar to asking if pointe shoes hurt. Well....I mean I am balancing my whole body weight on my toes, it doesn't exactly feel like fluffy pillows. (I do understand why people ask this question, but it was the only similarity I could think of). So is writing difficult? … Continue reading Is Writing Easy? Does it Matter?