How to Write a Book in 3 Months

Yes, it's possible. The first draft, anyway. If National Novel Writing Month didn't work out for you or was too rushed, try an easier goal of churning out a rough draft in 3 months. The idea is the same—you try to write a certain number of words per day—but the time frame is stretched out … Continue reading How to Write a Book in 3 Months

50 Writing Blog Post Ideas

Maintaining a consistent writing blog can be tricky, especially when you've had one for a while and have to keep coming up with ideas for posts. Here are 50 blog post subjects for writing blogs, both collected from around the internet and thought of by yours truly when I should be paying attention in class. … Continue reading 50 Writing Blog Post Ideas

The Lowdown on Middle Grade vs. Young Adult Fiction

At my most recent writer's conference, I signed up to pitch and have a critique with agents and editors specializing in young adult fantasy, only to have them tell me I was actually writing middle grade. I've been working on this manuscript on and off for a couple years, so I thought I had pretty … Continue reading The Lowdown on Middle Grade vs. Young Adult Fiction

6 Ways to Open a Novel

One of the most important sentences in every novel is the first one. It hooks the reader in and tempts them with the story to come. There are multiple ways to open your novel, but here are the six most common and where they're most effective: 1. Give a general statement Seventy percent of the … Continue reading 6 Ways to Open a Novel

Books of the Month, November 2017

With the temperature dropping like a stone, here are a few book recommendations that go well with a cup of cocoa and an afternoon indoors, out of the cold. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer Confession: I avoid starting book and TV series (serieses?) until they're either finished or about to finish. I can't sit months … Continue reading Books of the Month, November 2017

How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters

Most writers don't think about marketing unless it's about how to sell your book, and even then they associate it with social media and getting the word out. But the crux of marketing delves into psychology and why we make the decisions we do. Writers can use marketing principles surrounding motivation, needs, and wants to … Continue reading How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters

5 Signs of a Well-Written Character

1. They're motivated. "Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." Kurt Vonnegut said it best—the key to writing someone compelling is giving them a motivation that drives their actions and reactions. Motivations can be large-scale and grand, like the Lannisters' quest for power, or simple and elegant, like … Continue reading 5 Signs of a Well-Written Character