Eight Lessons Learned While Writing My First Novel

Eight Lessons Learned While Writing My First Novel

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. 

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Three Tips To Help You Write Realistic Dialogue

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.

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Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo

Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo

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. 

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