Not sure how to develop a character? Start with the archetype. What is an archetype? An archetype is a stock character that often shows up in common stories. The helpless princess, for example, is an archetype. So is the prince that rescues her, the old fragile king who sent him on a mission and the … Continue reading Using An Archetype To Make Your Character Richer
What to read? I’m at the library, looking for something to check out and I see a row of similar-looking spines, books all by the same author, some with numbers on them. It’s a little army of series fiction! (And almost always one of those numbers is missing!) I have an irrational insecurity around serial … Continue reading Five Reasons Why I Would Write Series Fiction (And One Reason I Wouldn’t)
Can you write a 100-Word Story? Can you add in these three words? Every week on this website, we offer budding writers a chance to get really creative. Before the weekend is up, submit your entry! You never know what kind of feedback you’ll get! The Rules: Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word … Continue reading Submit to the weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest!
By Bethany Perry There’s so much advice out there about writing. A lot of it is obvious. For instance, I read an article yesterday that suggested two things about how to write. One, sit down (optional). Two, write. Yes, two is required. Thinking about writing is not writing. Reading advice columns like this one is … Continue reading Five Steps To Building A Regular Writing Routine
I love my readers! They say such nice things about me, like: “Grubb thinks big. And it comes across in her novels. They’re packed with action and romance and great dialogue. But she never compromises. There’s a moral line she doesn’t cross…but they aren’t stuffy or stilted in any way.” Or, “Entertaining and made the … Continue reading 6 Must-Haves For Nurturing Relationships With Readers
One way to grow as a writer is to attend a writers conference! Now, I’m not a writers conference junkie, but I’d like to be. I know enough about them to understand that if you are in a climate controlled hotel ballroom, surrounded by writers from all over the world, with speakers and experts … Continue reading 12 Reasons You Should Go To a Writers Conference
You’ve finished your first draft! You are so, so, so proud. This is an accomplishment worth celebrating! And in the midst of your hard work, you’ve fought all kinds of self-doubt and torment. The quoted author was right, you really did just open a vein and bleed. But you’re not done. Please, for the love … Continue reading Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done
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 of the three Apples To Apples cards in the photo. All three. Not two. Not … Continue reading Weekly Drabble Contest! Apples To Apples Cards!
by AprIl Davila Get up early? I started getting up early to write when I was working full time and my kids were little. I didn’t want to do it, but I absolutely could not find any other time to write. As a die-hard night owl, the adjustment was rough. I’m not gonna lie. It … Continue reading How to Get Up Early to Write (7 Tips From a Former Night Owl)
Writing what you don’t know can be scary! Creating a world out of thin air can be intimidating. This is exactly why there is this whole, big, stupid, “write what you know” controversy. Some who oppose “write what you know” argue that you should choose imagination over familiarity. Perhaps you should venture outside your own … Continue reading What’s So Scary About Writing What You Don’t Know?
I love encouraging authors. I’m not crazy about talking to unrealistic ones. It’s easy to encourage authors who are humble, teachable and willing to work hard. It’s much difficult to encourage an aspiring writer who is unrealistic about their talent, the work demands and the industry of writing. Are you an unrealistic writer? Have … Continue reading Signs You May Be An Unrealistic Writer
Man, do I love a good, believable romance. I like the slow kind, where looks are exchanged, where she ignores him, where he adores her, where their journey leads to something beautiful and long-lasting. I like the kinds of romance where the undercover action is a result of commitment, not the possibility of it. Good … Continue reading Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story
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! Include 3 Words! Win A Contest!
I’m not sure who started the “there are no rules in writing” rule. It certainly wasn’t an English teacher. There ARE rules. Rules for grammar, spelling, and punctuation bring order and dignity to our language. There are also rules for storytelling, rules for submissions, rules of common sense, rules of general communication that YOU MUST … Continue reading How The “There Are No Rules” Rule Can Set You Up For Failure & Mockery