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

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 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.

How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft

Summertime is the time to PARTY (and by partying I mean going to the mountains and finding somewhere quiet where you can finish your book). And speaking of parties....(I apologize to all the introverts. I realize talking about parties is illegal.) Finishing your first draft can be very exciting. Whether it's after 30 hysterically frantic … Continue reading How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft

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

(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)

How to Find inspiration (without banging your head on a brick wall)

Everyone knows that if you wait till you have inspiration to write you will never write anything, etc. etc. Blah, blah, blah. *ahem* This is all true but that's not what we are talking about today. So, shove that all aside please. Today we are talking about finding "inspiration" which is also entitled "how to … Continue reading How to Find inspiration (without banging your head on a brick wall)

Don’t Have Excess Characters

Make sure you don't have characters that are wasting everybody's time and taking up oxygen.  What I mean is - sometimes characters are put in because they feel necessary. Such as: Your MC: people have friends, right? Let's give them a friend. At School: there are always bullies, right? Here's a bully. At home: They … Continue reading Don’t Have Excess Characters

Opening with Dream Sequences

You're opening chapter one. The scene is enthralling, it's coming to the climax when the character screams in horror and suddenly - They wake up. *reader groans, closes book, and puts it back on the shelf* You, the reader, feel cheated. No one likes to feel cheated. But is opening your book with a dream … Continue reading Opening with Dream Sequences

Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?

I HAVEN'T POSTED IN TWO WEEKS I'M SO SORRY PEOPLE. First my schedule was frantically full, then I got sick/allergies/an alien might have invaded my body. I'm back, and with stuff to say.   I heard a writer once say: "I don't write ideas down. If I forget them, I guess they weren't that good."  … Continue reading Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?

Rewriting Old Stories

Lately I've been revisiting some old stories ideas.... For Nanowrimo (2017) I picked up a very, very, very, very old piece that was around before the asteroid hit and killed all the dinos (meaning when I was 14). That was a fantasy novel called Oh, Wonder Why the Sun Fell. I then picked up Raptor … Continue reading Rewriting Old Stories

How Much Backstory is Too Much?

Backstory. The story before the story. Every character has it - but how much do you need of it? There are TONS of stuff on developing characters backgrounds....I am to divide character backstory into two schools of thought: What the readers needs What the writer needs We'll start with what the Reader needs. ONLY WHAT'S … Continue reading How Much Backstory is Too Much?