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How To Develop Your Writing Voice

(Author’s Note: For June, July & August, this blog will be posting on Mondays & Thursdays only!) A writer’s voice is a complex, hard-to-describe thing. I think it could be compared to a rich cheese, a well-crafted symphony or a good wine. The complexities of each of these come from a variety of sources — … Continue reading How To Develop Your Writing Voice

Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

By Carolyn Astfalk After I’d given birth to my first child, I vowed I’d never allow any task or experience to intimidate me again. After all, despite my worries and fears, I’d just delivered a little human being, sans medication no less. If I could do that, I could accomplish anything. But time has a … Continue reading Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

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)

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

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

Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Writing

You want to improve your writing? It’s oh, so easy and oh, so hard. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you are reading this blog then you are a writer. Even if you don’t think you can call yourself that, you probably have aspirations for literary greatness, fame, or fortune. … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Writing

Free & Not-So-Free Writers’ Conferences For The Poor And Anthropophobic

  It’s Conference Season! Another spring has arrived and you will not be going to a writer’s conference. I’m so sorry. I’m not either. I’ve been trying to get to the ACFW conference in September every fall for the last ten years and I’m not any closer now than I was ten years ago.  I … Continue reading Free & Not-So-Free Writers’ Conferences For The Poor And Anthropophobic

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

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

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

Five Signs To Keep Writers From Going Wrong

By TLC Nielsen Are you a Writer Gone Wrong? 10 minute novelists are an upbeat, happy group of writers striving to be all they can word-ly be. But unbeknownst to many is another, small group of writers who hoard their words, shudder from social interaction with other (competing) authors, and cannot restrain themselves from talking/chatting/emailing … Continue reading Five Signs To Keep Writers From Going Wrong