Questions just about every writer has asked him- or herself: Just how many words does it take to make a novel? Is there a certain word-count? And how do I know if my novel is too short/long? If you are that writer, here is a quick, simplistic post for you, based entirely on the research I’ve been doing lately. (Yes, I research word-counts. I swear I’m this cool in real life.)… Read More How Many Words Make a Novel?
you definitely need an ideal reader. There isn’t any going around it, so please don’t try. I’ve said this in many other posts before, but here it is again: don’t write a novel for a broad audience. Write with one person in mind (i.e. an ideal reader) to make it deeper and more personal… Read More Why You Need an Ideal Reader (& How to Find Yours)
Plan out your story, at least the bare basics like setting and main characters, writing down what you’ll need to research later on. Maybe keep a document on your phone, or a page in your journal. This, I believe, is the most effective way to avoid wasting your time on useless information.
But how can this be accomplished? Is there more to researching a novel than doing a quick Pinterest search and saving the good articles?… Read More The Most Efficient Ways to Research Historical Fiction
Do we want our dialogue to look believable? Of course. There’s nothing quite like reading a line of dialogue so stiff and fake that we can hardly imagine anyone actually saying it. But despite what some will tell you: you need to maintain a balance between realistic dialogue and fictitious dialogue.… Read More Writing Dialogue in Fiction – Everything You Need to Know
Hi again, writers! I sure have been posting a lot, haven’t I? In case you missed my last post, you can find it here. The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes (cover not final) is a 1940s historical fiction novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2016. I announced the novel as a “Special Surprise” in March, and since… Read More An Introduction to “The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” – Special Sneak Peek!
So here’s a post that speaks from my own experience as an unhealthy writer. Once I acknowledged that my habits were less than stellar, I took action, and now I’m writing more consistently and better than ever. So here is the secret to my success… Read More 5 Things Healthy Writers DON’T do – Taking Care of Yourself as a Writer
Happy July, writers! Can you believe the year’s half over already? I can’t. It doesn’t seem like so long ago when it was January 1st, and I started planning the edits on my historical novel, The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes, which turned into a project for the whole year. (While we’re on that topic: my editing… Read More 15 Fun Facts About “Writing like a Boss”
I’ve written about Pinterest story-boards a lot, and how much I enjoy making them. But all of those posts covered making boards for novels that already exist, or books you’d started planning beforehand. And it occurred to me: why not make a story-board for a story that hasn’t been written yet? That’s what we’re going over today: using story-boards to form stories out of nothing. Not only is this so much more fun than the other types of story-boards I’ve made, it’s a super-simple way to get yourself a new novel in less than an hour, and it could become a hobby or pastime because it’s so easy. So let’s get into it!… Read More How to Build a Story from Nothing Using Pinterest Story-Boards
…Which is why I’m sharing this good news with you: I am doing so much better on my novel now. In the past 2-3 days, I’ve written thousands of words! That’s a pretty darn big deal for me. So, for the first time in months, I’m on track again!
Right now, my goal is to have the novel released on Amazon in October 2017.
I think this calls for a cupcake. Later.
For now, I want to tell you how I became so productive. Because it’d be wrong of me to keep all of this success to myself, huh?
So here’s the basics of what I did to become more productive… Read More Sweet Tea and Rain – How I Became More Productive in My Writing
A super-special thanks to my supporters, followers, and friends – without whom, I wouldn’t be here. Your support means the world!
I’d also like to thank my dad, who manages my blog with me, for his patience. All those times you tried to convince me to turn off comments entirely because of the amount of spam we get, and I said no; and those times I annoyed you about helping me fix website bugs, and you did. Thanks so much!
Happy anniversary, Writing like a Boss!… Read More Happy Anniversary, WLAB! – Giveaway Winner Announced!