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 and what to … Continue reading Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?
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.
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
(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
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)
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
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