13 More Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

  Who is telling your story anyway? What is the point of view? You’ve had a story in your mind for weeks. Maybe you’ve twisted it, pounded it and cut it to pieces. You’ve already made many decisions on how it is to be told. But, have you put thought into the narrative voice? The … Continue reading 13 More Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

The 9 Things Your Main Character Needs From You

Character development is one of my favorite things to do when I’m cooking up a new story. With the development of character, it’s like I’m meeting a new friend who trusts me enough to send me on an adventure. I need my character badly for, without him or her, I don’t have a voice for … Continue reading The 9 Things Your Main Character Needs From You

10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

April is National Poetry Month. Today I celebrate beautiful words. Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves. Often we can appreciate delicate images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and … Continue reading 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Apples To Apples Drabble Contest for This Week!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Apples To Apples Drabble Contest for This Week!

Plan Your Conferences The Right Way

by Jane Steen It’s Conference Season! What now? Ever finished a conference season feeling you didn’t get much value for your money? Or are you still waiting to go to your first writers’ conference, paralyzed by the choices out there or worried about the cost? Here are some practical tips to help you approach next year’s … Continue reading Plan Your Conferences The Right Way

Ten Signs You May Be A Literary Writer: A Very Silly Quiz

You’re writing a book and all of your hundreds of readers want to know. “What’s it about?” And you, gather them around you, adjust your cravat, look over your half moon glasses that are pretentiously hanging from a gold chain around your neck and you say, “I’m not really sure.” Why can’t you explain? It’s … Continue reading Ten Signs You May Be A Literary Writer: A Very Silly Quiz

10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

Sometimes drafting that story stinks. You’re all excited in the beginning, you can’t stop writing! But somewhere you get stuck. And you may want to quit. Keep in mind, your purpose in writing the first draft is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t … Continue reading 10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

12 Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

  Narrative voice is the voice of the narrator in a story. Every novel, especially those written in the first person, tells the story from a specific point of view.  If you’ve chosen a point of view for your story that is specific, you may find that it is complicated and difficult to keep the story … Continue reading 12 Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

Write A 100-Word Story! Tell Your Friends! Win A Prize!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Write A 100-Word Story! Tell Your Friends! Win A Prize!

Fall In Love With Your Characters So Your Readers Will Too

By Jessica White One of my favorite parts of writing is creating characters. As a reader nothing makes me fall into a story faster than falling in love with a character.  It’s like meeting a new neighbor or making a new friend.  Even the antagonists are interesting to meet from the safety of my mind. … Continue reading Fall In Love With Your Characters So Your Readers Will Too

What To Do When Darkness Keeps You From Writing

I have a section in my book called Facing The Darkness. Most writers I know have a resistance. This is usually an antagonistic force that they need to deal with before they put words on paper. This darkness has been misunderstood — at least by my readers — in that some think that it’s about … Continue reading What To Do When Darkness Keeps You From Writing

Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces

The protagonist pushes forward, but the antagonistic force pushes back. An antagonistic force is a person in your story who is opposing your protagonist, either in small, accidental ways or in big obvious ones. Because of the contrast and the potential for great conflict, you want to develop your antagonist as richly as you do your … Continue reading Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces

16 Questions About Body Language & Appearance For Your Character

  You’re an author, so your job is to fully communicate what your main character are thinking, doing, or even hiding. Often you can do this in the way that you describe their body language. In your first scene, your main character, Roy, might have just gotten his car stolen from someone he trusted. He’s … Continue reading 16 Questions About Body Language & Appearance For Your Character