Writing can be mentally and emotionally draining. Writers experience periods of burnout, writing ruts, doubt, overwhelm, creative slumps, and dry spells. However, there is something all writers can do to stay grounded.
My answer might surprise you. Honestly, the average writer does not need a writing coach. Most writers can read blogs, watch vlogs, and take a self-guided course or two to figure out the book writing world. However, there are writers out there, myself included, who have needed and will need hands-on guidance. If you think you’re one of those people, then this blog post is for you.Read More
All writers reach a point in their writing career where they feel stuck. Many of us dream of the time when we can sit at home and write uninterrupted to our heart’s content. However, we have full-time jobs, children, spouses, and busy lives. How can we continue moving forward in our writing journey and make progress when it feels like we’re stuck?Read More
Last year, I wrote a blog post on coming up with story ideas. However, since that time, I’ve had many writers ask me for advice on coming up with original story ideas. Oftentimes, they have no trouble coming up with an idea for their stories, but after researching their idea they realize it sounds similar to other books or movies that have already been published and are successful. Therefore, how do we, as writers, come up with original story ideas that have never been written about before?Read More
Year after year, young writers continue to pop up and share with us their words and their experiences. Let’s face it. Writing is already hard, but to write while navigating school, puberty, and sports can be overwhelming! The good news is, its not impossible, and I have three pieces of advice that hopefully will make this stressful time a little easier.Read More
Many writers, despite crafting amazing character profiles, struggle to describe their characters in their novel. They want the readers to see the character exactly how they envision him or her in their mind, yet, they don’t want to say too much. How, can we as writers, share enough details to make our characters seem real without going overboard? Read on for my two tips.Read More
Many newbie authors want to create an author website, but feel that they can’t because they may not have any published books yet. However, it is essential that any writer, published or not, create an author website. Why? Because you can share so much with readers! They can see what your working on, find out more information about you, read your blog, purchase your books, and see the services you offer.
Where do you start? What essentials should you include? Below, I’ve compiled a list of what I feel are essential for any author website.Read More
Recently, I've seen quite a few critique partner threads pop up in some of the Facebook groups I'm in. I've also seen questions pop up like: What is a critique partner? Is a critique partner the same as a beta reader? Where do I find a critique partner? How do I communicate with a critique partner? In today's blog post I'm going to answer all of those questions and more.Read More
In the past, I've blogged about how to write a great first chapter for your novel, but I didn't dig too deep into the opening lines of a novel. In all honesty, the opening first lines of your novel may be the most important lines in your entire book. Those are the lines that a potential reader reads to decide if your book is important enough to buy. If those opening lines, or pages, don't grab their attention, readers may not finish, or even buy, your book.
How do we, as writers, write strong opening lines that grab our reader's attention? I will discuss four tips below.Read More
Jacinta Hudson was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post on her blog. Hop on over to her site to check it out and read my post on "Five Pieces of Writing Advice to Ignore (Or at Least Take with a Grain of Salt).
Writing advice is abundant. There will always be bloggers, writers, YouTubers, podcasters, etc. who will try to bombard you with writing advice. (This includes me!) However, as with all pieces of advice, there are definitely tips you should take with a grain of salt.
Tip One: Write every day: When I first started on my writing journey, I took this advice as law. I started a writing chain and committed myself to write for at least fifteen minutes a day, every day. For a while, things were good. I was able to batch blog posts, consistently work on my WIP (work-in-progress), and draft content for my newsletter.Read More
Hello, my lovely and wonderful followers! This month, I've handed over the keys! I've sent my child away for sleep-away camp! I've ... well, I've let fellow writer Jade Young full access to my blog, and given her full approval to post here for all of you. Join me in welcoming Jade to my page, and let's dive in!
Ah! I’ve been at this writing game for a year now, and I still find myself making mistakes and learning lessons every single time I sit down to write. Every single time, I overcome a writing hurdle and feel like I’ve finally made it and I’m a successful writer, there’s always another obstacle to push me back on my butt and keep me humble. The truth is, as writers there will always be something new to learn or some obstacle to overcome. However, we don’t all have to make the same mistakes or overcome the same struggles. It is my hope that by sharing my writing struggles and lessons learned with you, that you can avoid some of the many pitfalls I’ve struggled with in the past.Read More
Over the past few months, I've discussed different platforms to help writers build their author platforms. These include Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Podcasts. Today, I want to discuss another underrated social media platform that many writers aren’t taking advantage of - Youtube.
Therefore, I wanted to invite writer Bethany Atazadeh to the blog to answer a few questions and teach us a few things.
Note: This blog post will be styled as an interview.Read More
Over the past few months, I've discussed different platforms to help writers build their author platforms. These include Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Today, I want to discuss another underrated social media platform that many writers aren’t taking advantage of - Podcasts.
Therefore, I wanted to invite my critique partner, T.L. Peterson onto the blog because she hosts a podcast entitled The Wicked Hour.
Note: This blog post will be styled as an interview.Read More
Please join me in welcoming author Samantha Davidson to the blog!
Writing is one heck of an adventure. One that’s designated for those with creativity bursting from deep within their soul, for those with wild imaginations, extravagant vocabularies and a serious case of self-deprecation. (If you haven’t experienced the latter, give it time!) Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe we need more writers in this world, but while writing my first novel, there were lessons – oh so many lessons – to learn, and which I feel it only fair to share with you now. You’re welcome!
First, I would like to thank Jade for letting me take over her blog this week. It’s always exciting being able to share your knowledge, skill, sarcasm, and sometimes slightly off-kilter sense of humor, with a new community.
So back to my lessons. I am going to share with you, my top eight lessons learned while writing my first novel.Read More
Ah, dialogue. It can be a powerful asset to your story, but can also be difficult to do well. Dialogue has many uses. It can make characters seem real, advance the plot, hint at action about to unfold, and/or show the relationship between characters. However, there are some key points to note when writing dialogue that will really help you write it well. I use a ton of dialogue in my novels, so I've rounded up three tips that will help you master the art of well-written dialogue.Read More
July 2018's Camp NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching. I've decided not to participate this year, because I'm going to be out of the country the first two weeks of July, but I know many of you will participate. The purpose of Camp NaNoWriMo is to set a personal writing goal and complete that goal within a month. Your goal can be anything. Maybe you want to write a certain number of words or maybe you want to edit a couple of chapters. You can even decide to spend a certain number of hours plotting or planning your novel.
Regardless of what goal you decide to set, I've laid out ten tips below to help you prepare and get in the right mindset for Camp.Read More
A lot of the writing I do is very character driven. Therefore my goal is for my readers to connect with my protagonist. I want my protagonist to come alive for them and for his or her thoughts and actions to jump off the page and draw the reader in. Ultimately, I want my readers to feel like they are the protagonist.
That’s essentially what Deep Point-Of-View or Deep POV is. The reader forgets they’re reading a book because it’s written in such a way that they feel like they are living the character’s life. Basically, you the author, do everything you can to remove dialogue tags, filter words, and passive voice. This establishes a deep and emotional connection with readers.Read More
Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Julia J Simpson to The Educated Writer!
The term "world building" conjures up vibrant fictional worlds like Westeros and Middle Earth, but world building is important whether your story takes place in a fantasy kingdom, far-future earth, outer space, or a fictional town in Idaho. *RECORD SCRATCH* Hold on—Idaho? You thought world building was about creating a whole world from scratch? In the traditional sense, yes, but a world doesn't have to be a whole planet. It's just the sphere within which your story occurs. If that's a fictional town in the real world, you still have to build that part of the world from scratch, so a lot of world building basics still apply. Here's how I tackle world building in my own stories.Read More
I did a horrible job with my goals these last two months (March and April). However, I also got a much needed motivational kick in the butt from a fellow writer via her email list (Amara Luciano) that I'm going to share with all of you in case you're struggling like I am.
Quick recap. Last March I set ten goals and in order to succeed I wanted to meet at least eight of them. There were as follows:Read More
Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Rossitza Pfeifer to The Educated Writer!
Writing a novel can be an exciting and fun project, but it can also be something that you spend many months or even years writing. Many of my fellow writers are sometimes exhausted or get stuck during the writing process and don’t know how to continue. In general, a novel is a big commitment to your story idea and creativity. But, a short story doesn’t have to be.