by Kathryn Craft When the moderator of a recent women’s fiction panel asked me if I expected to be friends with the protagonists in the women’s fiction I read, I had the oddest reaction: my mind went blank. Madly scanning my mental spreadsheet of great fiction in an effort to be truthful, in… Read More Are Likable Characters Important in Women’s Fiction?
by Katie McCoach A few weeks ago was the submission review period for the annual RevPit contest. During this review period, each editor has one week to review submissions from authors in order to make their final pick to work on one manuscript for the next five weeks. The contest allowed one submission… Read More 15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters
by Kelsie Engen All too often, I find myself lost in my writing. No, I don’t mean I find it to be an escape from real life, although it is that, too. No, I mean that I find myself lost in the plot or lost in the characters or lost in the details,… Read More How to Find Your Novel’s Path
by Morgan S. Hazelwood The Next Steps Well, the next step depends on you. What do you want to do next? There are two main options and either could be right for you.
by Steven Capps Immersion is an essential element when writing a novel. This doesn’t mean that it is the most important element (which is a topic that could start a world war) but in order to have enjoyable novel-length story it is necessary. From a slush reader’s standpoint, it is one of my… Read More How to Write for Immersion
by Sara Kopeczky You know this one: in order to come up with relatable characters for your story, you have to give them some flaws. Flaws make characters human, and the fact is that humans are far from being perfect. That being said, in recent fiction I have seen so much of what… Read More 5 Fake Character Flaws to Avoid
by Meg Dowell Do you feel pressed for time? Do you find yourself pushing your work back an hour, two days, three weeks — because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to make it happen? There’s a reason you haven’t been able to make time for writing lately — even though… Read More Why You Haven’t Been Able to Make More Time for Writing—and How to Fix That