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More Questions To Ask After That First Draft Is Done

Your first draft is done! And trust me when I say this, it is not ready to be published!  How do you know this? No one writes a perfect first draft. You don’t either. Before you let your mom, your best buddy or the pizza guy read this draft, make sure it’s the best you can … Continue reading More Questions To Ask After That First Draft Is Done

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

Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts

  Your story should be jammed packed with conflicts. You should have conflicts about the setting, like the tropical storm that’s been seen down south is heading north and could turn into a hurricane. Or, you could have conflicts about every day life, like maybe the cat is missing and he has a history of … Continue reading Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts

Why Your Spell Checker Is A Shifty-Eyed Hack

You can’t trust your spell checker. Generally speaking, a spell checking feature on a word processing program will do a fair job in finding words that are misspelled. That’s all it’s capable of doing. If you think that an automatic spell check will do enough work to make you a good writer, then you are … Continue reading Why Your Spell Checker Is A Shifty-Eyed Hack

Seven Reasons Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

  Have you ever read your work out loud? Long before you submit your work to your beta readers, before you assume that you’re done, before you start thinking about renting that billboard to advertise your latest literary genius, you should read your manuscript out loud. Start at page one. Finish at “The End.” And listen. And … Continue reading Seven Reasons Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings

You need not worry about your browser history; this post is about killing figuratively.  In the world of writers, killing your darlings means getting rid of those story bits that need to die, even though the author may have fallen in love with them. But in the world of writers, the author who wants to write … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings

Eight Ways You May Be Bungling Your Dialogue In Your Novel

  “I’m not bungling my dialogue,” you say to yourself. But you’ve had a few complaints from your beta readers about how they don’t like the characters. You’ve been told the story feels dead. While your plot is tight and your pacing is perfect, the characters themselves feel off. The trouble could be your dialogue. … Continue reading Eight Ways You May Be Bungling Your Dialogue In Your Novel

Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?

Backstory? Oh yes, you’ve been working on that character’s backstory for months! You’ve written thousands of words of backstory! You know how his parents met, how he got that scar on his pasty white tuckus, and why he gets all shaky and whiny when he’s served enchiladas. This is all important stuff you told yourself as … Continue reading Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?

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 10 Writers Conference Substitutes For The Poor & Xenophobic

If you’re a writer of any artistic credibility at all, then you have no money and you’re kind of afraid of people. But don’t let either of those things stop you from becoming the best writer you can be. The internet is full of free (and many not-so-free) writers resources that can help you become … Continue reading Top 10 Writers Conference Substitutes For The Poor & Xenophobic

I DID IT! I’M A NANO WINNER! (Now, What My Project Is, And What It Is Not!)

I did it! Despite going away for a week, having no plan, no outline and no idea what I was doing, I put in the necessary 50,000 words required for National Novel Writing Month. So, I won! I’m a winner! WOO-HOO! Now before I get too excited, I need to realize that word count alone doth not a … Continue reading I DID IT! I’M A NANO WINNER! (Now, What My Project Is, And What It Is Not!)

Editing. Is It More Important Than The Writing? Hell, Yes! A Guest Post by Jennifer Senhaji

Writers, like all artists, are a creative bunch. There are some that are meticulous about structure and form. There are some that fly by the seat of their pants on the winds of inspiration. Both make good writers. Editing, proper and professional editing, make great writers. You may be thinking you’ve heard this before. You … Continue reading Editing. Is It More Important Than The Writing? Hell, Yes! A Guest Post by Jennifer Senhaji

Pushing Your Own Boundaries: A Guest Post By Patricia D. Eddy

 May has been a pretty terrible month for me. April too, for that matter. You see, I sent my latest book, A Shift in the Air, off to my new editor, and she…well…she ripped it apart. Now, let me be clear. She was incredibly supportive and not at all mean about said ripping, but I’m … Continue reading Pushing Your Own Boundaries: A Guest Post By Patricia D. Eddy