Well hey there! This post is a little close to the beginning of NaNoWriMo, but I wanted to write it anyway. If you're a writer, sitting on the fence between fully committing to NaNoWriMo 2021 (National Novel Writing Month, where you attempt to write a 50,000+ word story in the month of November) I would … Continue reading 3 Reasons You Should Try NaNoWriMo
A very common fear for a lot of new (and even advanced) writers is the moment where you share your writing with other people. Maybe that's handing over the first couple pages of a novel to your parents or siblings, or submitting a short story for critique in a circle of fellow writers. I know … Continue reading Scared to Share Your Writing? Try These 3 Things!
Chapter titles! When I was a kid, I loved reading chapter titles. I also loved putting them in my own stories--but my chapter titles were garbage! 😛 Some people love chapter titles, others hate them! So today I thought it would be a fun idea for a blog post to weigh the pros and cons … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Titling Your Chapters
Hey, everyone! I hope you're all having an incredible day. I was thinking a little while back about this subject and decided it would make a good blog post. So here it is! If you're a writer, please read this entire post! I think it could help you out. If you're not a writer...well, you … Continue reading Dear Writer, Don’t Forget to Look Around
Hello hello! Writing the first draft of a novel is quite difficult. Completing a full draft is even harder! In my time talking to other writers through online communities and other places, it seems that a very common problem new writers have is struggling to complete that first draft of a story idea. Perhaps they … Continue reading How to Complete Your First Draft (and Fast!)
Hey there! A very common question I've seen in the writing community is beginning writers (or even some intermediate writers!) asking, "How do I find the right genre for me?" It seems that they enjoy bouncing around between multiple genres, or just can't find one they really really like. I'm not beating up on any … Continue reading 3 Ways to Find Your Genre
Well hello there! I hope you're having an incredible day. For this post I wanted to share 3 writing exercises you can do while you're outside! That's right--away from your computer, or your writing closet, or wherever you normally write! "Caleb, whaaaat? Why would you ever write outside? What are you talking about?" Well, hear … Continue reading 3 Outdoor Writing Exercises You Need to Try
When I was younger, I enjoyed jumping into writing a brand new story with no plan. I didn't have character names figured out, nor what they were doing, nor where they were. Exploring the story I was writing without knowing what would happen was what I enjoyed, and I thought that if I took time … Continue reading Don’t Make This World-Building Mistake in your Writing!
Maybe you have writer's block. Maybe you've pulled out a piece of paper and can't think of anything to draw. Or maybe you're lying on the couch playing video games because you haven't felt in that "creative mindset" for days! Well, you might need to fill your creative well! What's your creative well, you ask? … Continue reading Fill Your Creative Well With These 3 Things!
One of the most popular pieces of advice a lot of people say is "Read widely!" or, "Read good books and bad books, so you can learn the difference between them." Now, I'm not disagreeing with those pieces of advice at all. I think that reading lots of books in lots of different genres is … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Read Books in Your Genre