Editing with Premise and Throughline in mind

Have you ever tried to explain what your book is about to a stranger only to see their eyes glaze over after the first minute or two? You know in your heart that your 80,000 words is full of intrigue, drama and an amazing ending. But how do you get this across to someone you [...]

By | October 3rd, 2018|Editing|5 Comments

5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Set Writing Goals

We are fast approaching what I like to call goal season. We are on the verge of National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) and the new year is only 2 months away. Everyone is flush with anticipation, high hopes, and even higher goals. So, what’s the danger in setting writing goals? What’s the big deal? You [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Writer's Life|1 Comment

Fiction Writing Advice from Famous Authors: 20 Pieces of Brilliant Insight

The world is full of people who want to give writing advice, but not everyone's qualified. The only people who truly understand writers and the writing life are writers themselves. We’ve compiled twenty quotes from famous authors with some of the very best advice on living the writing life, the craft itself, and the only way [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|1 Comment

How to Be Mean to Your Characters: Understanding Narrative Conflict

It ain’t easy being mean. You’ve spent a lot of time developing a character your readers will care about, and you’ve grown fond of that character, too. But, in the name of good fiction, you’re going to have to make her suffer. That's narrative conflict. Storytelling is about conflict. If your character isn’t struggling, you’re [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

When Feedback Hurts: How to Handle Criticism as a Writer

For some of us, hearing criticism or seeing those red marks on our drafts indicating places where we may need to make changes is like hearing our newborn baby is ugly. How can you make receiving feedback easier and more productive? Here's how to handle criticism without getting disheartened. Why Does Criticism Hurt? You pour [...]

By | September 5th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

What Does “Show, Don’t Tell” Mean?

“Show, don’t tell.” Every fiction writer has heard the phrase ad nauseam. It’s handed down from seasoned scribes to newbies with seriousness and reverence. We’re told it’s the key to writing stories that come alive rather than fall flat. Most fiction writers have at least a basic understanding of what “show, don’t tell” means, but [...]

By | August 29th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments