How I Dealt With My First Rejection + Rejected Short Story

I saw the reply to my submission email. Anxiously, heart fluttering in my chest, I clicked it open. I was rejected. They thought my theme was nice, but the writing was too much telling and not showing, and the characters needed development. YAY!! You may not think this is the time to celebrate. I mean, … Continue reading How I Dealt With My First Rejection + Rejected Short Story

In-Depth Outlining

Haha okay I’m not going to go as in depth as Marsh-Mella-Man in my cartoon, but today I just wanted to talk about the subject of how to flesh out a novel idea into a chapter by chapter outline. Ready? (This idea is going to be really cringy but I’m not going to take forever … Continue reading In-Depth Outlining

Four Part Blog Series: Beginning a Novel: Part 4: The Characters

Before you want to write a novel, you're going to want to know your characters pretty well, right? I mean, you don't want to write bland, wooden characters at the beginning of your novel and then by the end you've got your character down. No, you want to have them nice and rounded already before … Continue reading Four Part Blog Series: Beginning a Novel: Part 4: The Characters

Four Part Blog Series: Beginning a Novel: Part 3: Beginning to Write the Plot

Alright, now that you have every thing you need to put together your plot, it's time to slide it all together. Your characters, theme, character arc, plot, story, goal, motivations, message, snippets and epic scenes are ready to be set down into a time line. 1: Set it Down To start, just...start. There isn't much … Continue reading Four Part Blog Series: Beginning a Novel: Part 3: Beginning to Write the Plot