How To Write Physical Descriptions

How To Write Physical Descriptions

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.

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What To Include On An Author Website If You Haven't Written A Book

What To Include On An Author Website If You Haven't Written A Book

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.

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Let's Talk Beta Reading!

Let's Talk Beta Reading!

Today we're going to discuss beta reading. (As you could probably tell from the title lol) This process typically happens during the editing process and before an author's book is published. Is this process worth it? I think so. It allows a fresh pair of eyes to look at your manuscript, and give their opinion before your manuscript goes out into the world.

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Story Bible 101

Story Bible 101

Maybe you're reading the title and asking, "What the heck is a Story Bible?!" A Story Bible, my friends, is a compilation of all the important details and facts in your story. It makes it easier for you to locate characters and their backgrounds, setting details, and everything else you need to know. What you include, and how detailed you make it, is up to you, making it perfect for either a pantser or plotter.

How do you create one?

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How I Outline

How I Outline

Today I'm going to show you how I outline my novels. I'm a plotter, but to the extreme. I like everything to be written down, outlined, organized, and easily accessible. Last year, I came across a YouTube video by Kat O'Keeffe at Katytastic. In the video, she describes the 3 Act, 9 Block, 27 Chapter story structure she uses to outline. If you prefer to use Scrivener to outline, she has another video where she uses the same method, within Scrivener, to outline her novel.

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Plot Structure Made Easy

Plot Structure Made Easy

I just want to start off by saying that there are numerous ways to outline your novel. The technique listed below is the most common and easiest, and I encourage you to try it out. If you find that it’s doing more harm than good, push it away and try something else. A quick search on the Internet for “plot structures” will bring up numerous examples to try. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s 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.

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Plot Bunny to Novel in Five Easy Steps

Plot Bunny to Novel in Five Easy Steps

If you're anything like me, maybe you haven't started writing yet because you have this wonderful, amazing, fabulous plot bunny hopping around in your head, aka a story idea, and you don't know how to cage that thing and turn it into an actual novel.

You aren't alone. Ask any author, established or not, myself included, and they'll tell you they've had the same problem. But you're going to have an easier time than everyone else because you're going to follow these five easy steps below, and flesh out your idea into an easy, manageable novel so you can finally start writing.

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Five Steps to Establishing a Daily Writing Habit

Five Steps to Establishing a Daily Writing Habit

My ultimate dream in life is to support myself on writing alone. To help me reach that goal, one of my resolutions for 2017 was to establish a daily writing habit. For the first two weeks, I thrived. Every day, I made sure that I wrote at least 300 words. Then, life got in the way. Up until three weeks ago, my daily writing habit was non-existent. Now, that’s its back, and I’m once again seeing an improvement in my writing, I wanted to share with you the steps that worked for me.

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Five Common Mistakes New Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Five Common Mistakes New Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

No one is perfect. Whether you've been writing for years, or are just dipping your toes into the writing field, mistakes are bound to happen. However, I've found that with anything, I would rather a person tell me not only what to do, but also what not to do; Preferably, before I've spent the year writing a 100,000-word novel and am on my fifth round of edits.

Quick disclaimer: DO NOT get discouraged if you read the following list and realize you're making one or more of the following mistakes. I constantly need to remind myself not to fall into some of these same traps. The purpose of this post is to point the mistake out to you so you realize you're making it, can correct it, and hopefully avoid making the same mistake again in the future.

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