Though I killed off a lot of characters back then, I wasn’t careless: it was all intentional. Those deaths moved the plot forward, as any character death should, and had been placed strategically. But what were those strategies? How did I kill off characters so meaningfully, it hurt the reader while still advancing the plot? That’s what I’m here to share today!… Read More How to Make a Character’s Death Heartbreaking (2019 edition)
Often I’ll see a writing tip that sounds great, until I think about it and realize, “Well, it sounds simple, but how do I even go about doing that?” These five tips aren’t like that. These are my favorite, most impactful tips, so basic that you can implement them into your own writing immediately. Sound good? Let’s get started!… Read More 5 Tiny Tricks That Improve Your Writing Instantly
Fun fact: writers love writing prologues. But readers hate having to read them! So what are you, a writer who loves prologues, going to do? Most advice you’ll find will tell you to avoid them at all costs. But there are better solutions, writers! Which is why I’ve written down my top 4 tips & ideas on how to write a good, un-skip-able prologue. Your book deserves it!… Read More Writing a Prologue Your Reader Won’t Skip
You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this update. (Here’s a hint: years.) As an organization nut, the thought of systematizing my Pinterest profile even further was magical. But unattainable. Think a unicorn. But that’s not a very good analogy, because unicorns weren’t added in a recent update. “Sections” were! So, based on that, we can logically assume the new Pinterest sections are better than unicorns. It’s quite a statement, but I won’t deny it.… Read More Yes, Pinterest Sub-Boards! How We Can Take Advantage of Them as Writers
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
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
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