Tag Archives: craft

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

Top 10 Pro Tips For Attending A Writing Conference

by Christina Alexander February is upon us and that means conference season approaches. If you are attending your first writing conference, CONGRATULATIONS! You have made the first step to furthering your writing career. While each conference is unique in the opportunities it offers, there are some universal tips to remember in order to get the … Continue reading Top 10 Pro Tips For Attending A Writing Conference

Eight Reasons You Should Write Every Day

  Did you write today? Are you going to? In the book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg said, “Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, … Continue reading Eight Reasons You Should Write Every Day

Never Say Never: Writing “Rules” That Beg to Be Broken

By Jennifer Worrell How many of you have heard the old saw, “Write it your way!” or “Write the story you want to read!” And so you do. And then you’re told…you can’t do that. Only {insert bestselling author names here} can do that. But no one explains why. How did successful writers get that … Continue reading Never Say Never: Writing “Rules” That Beg to Be Broken

Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

In a novel, what is a scene? A scene is a small increment of the story that progresses the story forward. A novel is full of them. And while this may seem obvious, they ain’t easy to write. Have you written a scene and not known where to start? Ask yourself these ten questions! The … Continue reading Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

The Diary of A Beta Reader: A Guest Post by Sara Marschand

Guest blogger Sara Marschand explains her thought processes while she beta reads. A beta reader is often the first or second set of eyes a manuscript gets. Their purpose is to spot holes in a manuscript and communicate to a writer, who maybe a little myopic, that changes need to be made.  For the last … Continue reading The Diary of A Beta Reader: A Guest Post by Sara Marschand

Top Eight Things Future Best-Selling Authors Are Doing Right Now

  Someday in the future, maybe five years, maybe ten years, maybe twenty years from now, the best-seller lists will name authors that no one has heard of now. Those future best-selling authors don’t spring up out of nowhere, they’re alive and breathing as we speak. They’re out there, right now, getting kids ready for … Continue reading Top Eight Things Future Best-Selling Authors Are Doing Right Now