A novel is essentially scenes strung together to create chapters. Do you struggle to set the scene in your novel? In today’s blog post I’m going to outline two tips that will help you effectively set the scene and control your novel’s pacing.Read More
Whether you plan to traditionally publish or self-publish, in today’s world you’re going to need an online presence. The world today is digital and readers need to be able to find you, follow you, and connect with you online. In today’s blog post, I’m going to outline three tips that can help you stand out online and increase your online presence.Read More
In my opinion, no matter the genre you write and no matter whether you are a plotter or a pantser, at some point or another you will need to do research for your novel. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources we can use to research our novel. While conducting my own research for my novel, I compiled a list of three major resources that I'm going to share with you today.Read More
Writing a novel is hard. Writing a novel while going to school or work full-time can be even harder. However, it is not impossible. There will be tears, frustrations, struggles, and more, but the end result can and will be absolutely amazing. Previously, I wrote a blog article where I discussed four ways you could balance writing with everything else. Today, I'm going to give you four more tips.Read More
One of my biggest writing struggles is avoiding writing in passive voice. As an author, my goal is for my readers to get inside the head of my characters and in fact become the character. However, when authors write in passive voice they take the perspective away from the character.
What is passive voice, and how can you, the author, avoid writing in it? We will answer those two questions in today's blog post.Read More
Thought writing a book was hard? Dividing that book into chapters can be even worse. How long should a chapter be? How can I break up my book into chapters? What is the purpose of a chapter? What is a chapter? All of these questions and more will be considered in the following blog post.Read More
In the past, I've written various blog articles about point-of-view. For instance, if you want a breakdown, or refresher course, of various points-of-view click here. Or if you want an in-depth article on mastering deep point-of-view you can click here. However, recently an email subscriber asked: "How do I know which point-of-view works best for my novel?
That's an important question and only one that you as the author can answer. However, I've come up with some questions you can ask yourself that will hopefully make the process a little easier.Read More
Many of us are familiar with having a plot in our novels, but few of us are familiar with adding subplots. Some of us may even wonder if subplots are necessary to have a good novel. What is a subplot? How can they enhance a novel? What are some subplot mistakes to avoid? Learn this and more in the article below.Read More
There is such a great debate in the writing community on whether or not to include a prologue in novels. It seems like either writers hate prologues or love them; there is no middle ground. This is due to the fact that many writers don't get prologues right. Over 85% of prologues are unnecessary and this leads to many readers either reading them just because they don't want to skip part of a book, or skipping them entirely.
Why are prologues so hard to write? How can you write a good prologue that doesn't bore your readers? Read on for my tips.Read More
Have you ever felt stuck in your writing journey? Is it taking you months, or even years, to publish your novel? Is it taking you months, or even years, to finish writing your first draft? You are not alone. Writer's block affects all writers and for different reasons.
Personally, I struggle with writer’s block for two reasons: Fear and Perfectionism. I'm afraid to put my work out there and have everyone critique it. Therefore, I want everything to be perfect. Sometimes, I'm guilty of spending hours researching so everything can be perfect before I even start to type.
And then, due to engaging in writing sprints on Instagram, I accidentally stumbled upon the perfect solution.Read More