My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

I lot of articles have been written on the chosen one trope. Your average Joe is actually a hero, or the one destined to take down the evil overlord, etc. I don't have much to add to the consensus of WRITE CHOSEN ONES BETTER. But there is one thing I have to say, and it all … Continue reading My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

I did something similar to this called Writerly Rants, but it was so far back in the archives that I'm not going to bring it up. No, we do not go down that rabbit hole.  HOWEVER. I do have some things to say. Things that make me go as mad as a March Hare in … Continue reading Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

If there is one universal advice for writers, it would be, "You have to read to be a writer." Is that TRUE? UMM, OBVIOUSLY YES. It's nonsensical to think that you can be a writer without reading a thing in your life. That's illogical. But the real question is - how much do you have to … Continue reading Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

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), you might find that you need some different spices … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Why Writing Goals Matter

I used to have a strict word count goal for my writing sessions. At 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, and I got a lot done because of it.  But there are different seasons in life … Continue reading Why Writing Goals Matter

Thought on How You Write that Motivation to Get Your Protagonist Out the Door.

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 motivated, 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.

If You Don’t Believe in Your Book, No one Will. (I swear I’m not trying to sound like a cat poster.)

(Header Photo by Inês Pimentel on Unsplash) (I'm also not trying to sound like Galadriel.) For those of us writing fiction (which I think most of us 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.)

When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

The setting:  Early, grey morning. I'm half asleep, having been awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel.  20,000 words I have NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted, and my brain is melted and full of snot. So, what do I do? This … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

5 Misconceptions About Writers (like no one has done this before)

It seems sometimes writers are held to a mythological level. Writers spend 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)

Is Writing Easy? Does it Matter?

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?