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 Reasons Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

Three Reasons Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

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.

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Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell is easily one of the most preached about rules when it comes to writing. Some writers think you should always show and never tell. Other writers think showing leads to paragraphs that are much too long and easily bores readers. 

The truth is you can and should do both. The purpose of telling is to state facts or opinions and provide information. The purpose of showing is to describe the situation and allow the reader to imagine the story and events. Basically, telling names emotions, feelings, and environments, while showing evokes emotion and describes what your characters are seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling, saying, etc. 

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Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

One of my favorite books is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The plot twists were amazing and set up in such a way that I was hooked and read the entire book in one night.  However, many writers, especially new ones, fear away from adding plot twists to their novel. A plot twist that is too predictable, or cliché, can be detrimental to your story. However, a plot twist that is unexpected, but still plausible, can do wonders for your story and have readers talking about it for months, and years, to come. 

How can we, as writers, write compelling plot twists that surprise and hook readers? Below I’ve outlined five tips that have helped me, and hopefully, can help you too. 

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Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

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."

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