How to Stay Alive as a Writer

You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive, it's not keeping you alive.  Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer

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)

When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

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

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?

How do I Make Time to Write??

"How do I make time to write?" a common question. And it has a very simple answer. YOU MAKE THE TIME.  No really. That is what it all ultimately boils down to. If you want to write, then you have to make time to do it.  But fine here are some tips on how to do … Continue reading How do I Make Time to Write??