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
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
You’ve finished your novel, you’ve taken a break from it, and then you come back and see it is one awful mess. Okay. Step back, take a deep breath, and scream. This always helps. Then read through it. Is it as awful as it first looked? Is it worse? Okay, so now to the question. … Continue reading Should I Re-Write My Novel?
Ever having trouble knowing just how to write those blog posts so that they look nice and fun? Now, I’m dealing with this too. I don’t know how much decoration I should have in it, how much serious stuff I should have in it, and how much humor I should have in it. But it's … Continue reading My Process of Writing a Blog Post (in a Blog Post!)
You’re hands fly across the keyboard, and then you stop. You sigh and feel like you never want to write the story again. You read back the last chapter and realize that it’s because it’s the most boring chapter in the novel, it’s not really needed, and it really just slows down the story. You’ve … Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Sagging Plots
Editing. Just editing. Lately I’ve been editing my first novel, A Silence in the Shadows. How fun! Actually no, I’m being sarcastic. Editing is just the worst. I hate it. It is by far my least favorite thing about writing. So today I’m going to share some tips that I have found helpful for when … Continue reading Editing. Just Editing.
Have you ever written a story about some epic dragon that fights a knight and steals treasure, and then you share it with someone and they say oh, that’s so stupid. Dragons are cliché! Well here are ten tips on how to make fantasy creatures NOT cliché! Tip #1: Add a Twist Dragon’s don’t always … Continue reading How to Make Fantasy Creatures Not Cliché
You sit down to write, you know you should, you know you have to, you put your pencil on the paper or set your fingers to the keyboard, and then it goes blank. Nothing will come out. It feels like your fingers are stuck and you just can’t move them as hard as you try. … Continue reading 3 Ways to Smash Writer’s Block
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
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