I love a good love scene in a book. When you've followed two characters for so long, and they finally, finally get their happily ever after..it's bliss. Mind you, I don't need a very graphic or detailed love scene, however, when it's emotionally charged and on some occasions, capable of bringing tears to my eyes, then I know it's a good one. So how do we, as writers, write love scenes that are eloquent and classy? Read on for my top five tips.Read More
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.Read More
"The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." -Mickey Spillane
I thought about the quote above as I was doing research for this blog post. It's so true. When readers finish your book, you want them to be blown away and scrambling to find your author or social media pages so they can read your other books and/or see what you're working on next. Therefore, how can we, as authors, write effective endings for our books, and what are some common book endings we can pull from?Read More
The other day, I was sitting down to work on my novel and I was hit with this overwhelming feeling of self-doubt. Questions swirled through my mind: What am I doing? What if I'm terrible? What if I'm not good enough? What if people hate my book? Immediately, I wanted to close my laptop and stop writing. The way I saw it, there was no point in continuing if people were going to hate what I wrote anyway.
I felt that way for about two days and then I shook off the crippling feelings of self-doubt, opened back up my laptop, and started writing again. However, this isn't the first time I've felt this way and I know it won't be the last. I know these feelings will pop up again and again. So I did some research so I'll know how to better handle these feelings when they pop up again and I wanted to share what I learned with you.Read More
I recently beta read a book that is set to be released this fall. In it, a character I'd grown to love dies. I seriously wanted to throw the book at the wall, through the window, etc. I'd grown attached to this character and though this wasn't one of the main characters, their death hurt me. This got me thinking about my upcoming novel and killing off characters in general. How do we, as authors, successfully kill off characters in our book? When deciding to kill off a character in your novel, I think there are four things you should consider: Who are you killing? How will this person die? How does their death affect other characters or advance the plot? Does this character truly need to die? Let's consider these questions one at a time.Read More
It happens to the best of us. Your halfway done with your current WIP (work-in-progress) and then you get a new idea for a new book. (Hello shiny new idea syndrome!) You're so excited that you pause your current WIP to work on this new idea, but you're guilty because your first WIP is calling out to you to finish its story. Now you're frustrated because you don't know how to dedicate your time and energy to work on both. How do you balance your time between multiple writing projects? Read on for my four tips.Read More
Fight scenes. Nowadays, most books have at least one fight where the protagonist has an epic showdown with the antagonist and must fight to the death to save the world. Or, maybe the protagonist is face-to-face with the killer of his family, his enemy, and must take the ultimate revenge. Still yet, your main character may be a trained fighter since birth but must participate in a war to be the ultimate hero and save the Kingdom. Regardless of the circumstances, you want to write a power, and realistic, fight scene. How can you do so? Read on for five tips.Read More
No matter if it's coming from a beta reader, a critique partner, an editor, an agent, a publisher, or a reader, you're going to face criticism at multiple points in your writing journey. It won't be pretty. It's going to suck. It may even hurt. However, if you follow the five tips below, you'll be able to handle criticism like a pro!Read More
Today, if you wish to get your book into a bookstore or library, you need an ISBN. What is an ISBN? How does it work? Do you need one? How you do you go about obtaining one? Read on for answers to these questions.
Note: This information applies only to people living in the USA. If you live outside of the USA and wish to purchase an ISBN, you can find your local ISBN Agency here.Read More
If you're like me, one of the hardest parts of the book writing process isn't writing the book, editing the book, or even marketing the book. In fact, what seems like the easiest part of the book, ultimately becomes the hardest - Picking the Title.
Yes! Your book, your baby deserves the best title you can give it! This is your literary child and it must have the best name possible! Just as naming an actual child can be a long and frustrating process for parents, picking the title of your book can be just as hard. Therefore, I've compiled a list of three easy steps to help you take the stress out of picking your book title.Read More