Reading as a Writer


Craft, Reading, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Almost every advice out there tell aspiring writers they should read a lot. But the key is not devouring as many books as possible. It’s making reading into a lesson: studying plots, characterization, even the story’s style and vocabulary. There’s much more to reading as a writer than it is to reading […]

March 24, 2018

Top 10 Signs You’ve Given TMI & Need to Cut The Dickens Out Of Your Backstory by Katharine Grubb 10 Minute Novelist


Charles Dickens, Craft, Discipline, Revising and Editing, Uncategorized

You are not Charles Dickens. As much as you may want  to be Victorian, champion for the London’s most needy, and father 10 children, that doesn’t give you the right to overwrite your novels. That is, if you intention is to sell them in today’s market, you may want to reconsider how much backstory you have […]

December 4, 2017

How to Write Foreigners in Dialogues


Craft, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Last month I was writing about how to insert foreign phrases in your novel, but what if your character doesn’t speak perfect English? How do you write foreigners to reflect their struggle with English? There are many ways you can convey foreigners through dialogues, and since I’m a second language speaker myself, […]

October 27, 2017

Foreign Phrases in Your Novel


Craft, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Sometimes a foreign character wanders onto our pages, and they simply insist on speaking a phrase or two in their native language. But even if you’re lucky to know several languages, they might not be the ones you need for your current work-in-progress. With the limited time in any writer’s life, it’s […]

September 22, 2017

How To Develop Your Writing Voice


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(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 — […]

May 29, 2017

Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing


#WhyIWrite

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 […]

May 25, 2017

12 Reasons You Should Go To a Writers Conference


Community

  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 […]

May 9, 2017

Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done


Craft

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 […]

May 8, 2017