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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

Top 10 Ways You May Be Doing National Novel Writing Month All Wrong

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Is it really November? Is it really time to start that non-stop frenzy that requires 50,000 words in 30 days? It is! Congratulations to all of you who are attempting it this year! And to those of you who have tried, get discouraged and possibly think you are on … Continue reading Top 10 Ways You May Be Doing National Novel Writing Month All Wrong

Top 10 Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals

We can’t be the writer we want to be if we keep doing the things we’ve always done. This is the time self-involved, sensitive writing types, think about how we can make this upcoming year the best ever. Especially if we are participating in Nanowrimo. This is an exciting time of year and it’s also … Continue reading Top 10 Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals

Top 10 Ways To Prepare For National Novel Writing Month

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist National Novel Writing Month is an international event where, in the month of November, writers from all over the world attempt to put down 50,000 words of a story in thirty days. Ideally, these 50,000 words are all coherent, have a great plot, have full, 3-dimensional characters, and the … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Prepare For National Novel Writing Month

Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves, … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

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

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

Top Ten Resources For Classical Story Structure by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

Do you have a new story idea and don’t know what to do with it? It is very possible to want to write a story, have a story idea, and plan on knocking out 50,000 words in 30 days without really knowing the important necessities of a story. Sure, in Western Culture we’ve heard countless … Continue reading Top Ten Resources For Classical Story Structure by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

Top 10 Ways To Make Your Story “Good” by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

“Is this any good?” After, “is there any more coffee?” and “can I take your order?” this question is asked the most often by aspiring novelists, short story writers, screenwriters and other creative story-telling types. Unfortunately, that descriptor “good” is a vague one.  We may not even know what we’re asking when we ask it. … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Make Your Story “Good” by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

Top 10 Questions To Ask About Authority Figures That Could Beef Up Your Conflict by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

I may know a thing or two about conflict: I have three teenagers. Conflict is really great in stories, it raises the stakes, it drives characters and it makes the story more interesting. In life, I could do without it. I’m the mom, so I have something besides gray hair and tax files that my … Continue reading Top 10 Questions To Ask About Authority Figures That Could Beef Up Your Conflict by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

The Schlemeil, Schlamazel Hassenpfeffer Incorporated Method To Nanowrimo (Or How ’80s Pop Culture Can Make You A Better Writer)

Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month. For 30 days in November every year, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world try to get 50,000 words on paper. In a perfect world, these words would be brilliant and profound. It’s far more likely that the words are a big hot mess. If you are … Continue reading The Schlemeil, Schlamazel Hassenpfeffer Incorporated Method To Nanowrimo (Or How ’80s Pop Culture Can Make You A Better Writer)

Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about … Continue reading Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!