Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

NANOWRIMO IS UPON US!! *writers flee to their keyboards in panic* This is my third year doing Nanowrimo. Hopefully this year I actually succeed (November is one of the busiest months of the year for me. Couldn't this be done in January or something?? Read about last year's episode). And while I may have not … Continue reading Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

It's ALL HALLOW'S EVE (THAT'S HALLOWEEN PEOPLE) and that means *drumroll* LEAVES! CANDY! WALKING AROUND IN COSTUMES! But anyway. Last year I wrote When You Find out You're a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace). So THIS year, I did another themed post, but this one is *drumroll again please* When You Have a New … Continue reading Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

Way back when, when I was a small pixie sitting on a blue couch in the basement, my sister and I watched Pooh's Great Adventure: the Search for Christopher Robin. This memory was recalled when my sister and I recently sat down on a semi-blushish-butit'sactuallygray couch and watched it again for old time's sake. Nostalgia anyone? … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

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