Five Reasons Why I Would Write Series Fiction (And One Reason I Wouldn’t)

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)

Five Steps To Building A Regular Writing Routine

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

6 Must-Haves For Nurturing Relationships With Readers

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

Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done

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

How to Get Up Early to Write (7 Tips From a Former Night Owl)

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)

What’s So Scary About Writing What You Don’t Know?

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?

Signs You May Be An Unrealistic Writer

  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

Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story

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

Write a 100 Word Story! Include 3 Words! Win A Contest!

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!

How The “There Are No Rules” Rule Can Set You Up For Failure & Mockery

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