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
To succeed at NaNoWriMo, you need to write 50,000 words in thirty days during the month of November. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, and other commitments winning can be extremely hard. However, there are writing tools and software that will help you write, plan, and count your way to the finish line. To make things easier, I've compiled a list of some my favorite tools and software down below.Read More
Janell E. Robisch was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post on her blog, Wordy Speculations. Hop on over to her site to check it out and read my post on “Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle During NaNoWriMo and Beyond."Read More
Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Janell E. Robisch to The Educated Writer!
So, you’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. You’ve committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.
If writing every day is new to you, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed. However, with some simple tricks, you can preprogram your success and win NaNoWriMo!Read More
Plot is when a character pursues a goal, conflict arises, and a resolution is reached. It is your novel's main goal and what your character ultimately wants to achieve. I want to preface this post by saying I already have a blog post that you can find here, where I discuss the most common and easiest plot structure: The Three Act Structure. I also discuss the 27 Chapter Plot Structure I use here. However, I want to reiterate that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.Read More
Raven Larson is 25 years old, late on her rent, the unwilling pet parent of a husky named Milo, and praying to God that the electric company doesn't turn off her lights.
Fired, dumped, and feeling depressed she turns to blogging to keep her mind off her failed job interviews (five and counting). Trying to hold on to the lifestyle she once had, she starts selling off her designer handbags and shoes that Milo hasn't chewed or ruined while desperately hoping she can keep it all together and show her parents, and the world, that she is a stable young adult.
As bills go unpaid, bill collectors call more often, and her landlord threatens to evict her can Raven keep it all together?
Told through text messages, emails, blog posts, and voicemails can Raven Larson manage to get it together before everything comes crashing down around her?Read More
Characters are at the heart of any novel. You want your characters to be relatable and drive your plot forward. They are also an excellent tool to hook your readers and get them to continue reading your book. Therefore, it is essential that you get to know your characters beyond a surface level. If this is something you struggle with or something you want to get better at doing, be sure to take note of these five tips!Read More
Setting on a story idea can be one of the most challenging tasks for a writer. You want to walk away with a novel that not only entices, motivates, and inspires you, but also touches the hearts of your readers and leaves them begging for more. If you've managed to tame one of your plot bunnies, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back!
If not, I want to give you three quick tips:Read More
Recently I reached out to my Twitter followers and asked them what writing struggles they needed help overcoming. Twitter user Aliyah responded and said she needed help with maintaining her editorial calendar even when uninspired. With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, I thought this would be the perfect topic to discuss on the blog.Read More
You. Will. Write. Fifty. Thousand. Words. In. Thirty. Days. How do I know? Because you're going to use this month, October, to prep your novel. When November 1st arrives, you won't be worrying about your story idea, your genre, creating character profiles, making a story outline, building your world, or setting up your writing space.
And I'm going to help you along the way. Every Sunday of this month, you will get a new tip to help you prep your novel for Nanowrimo.Read More