Rome wasn’t built in a day, you guys, and the plans weren’t drawn up that quickly either. Note how the header to this post says that you “must” wait before making any moves on your manuscript. Noted? Awesome.
by S.E. Jones Again, Mirror structure means: – Finish what you start – Resolve the relationship questions that you pose – Fulfill the promises made to the reader.
by Andrea Lundgren As a book reviewer, I read a lot of first chapters and beginnings to judge whether I want to review a book. Instead of being moved by the cover or hype from other readers, I usually have only the blurb and the words themselves to guide me (I often haven’t… Read More Crafting An Authentic Beginning
by Stephanie O’Brien Whether they’re trying to market themselves as educational, to support a viewpoint the writer holds, to enrich their audience, or simply to try to sound deep, many stories attempt to teach their audience a lesson, or to have a “moral of the story”. Some stories succeed brilliantly.
by Liam Cross Writing a novel is like exploring a forest… There are many different paths, many of them carved out by those who explored before you, and you aren’t quite sure which one to take. Maybe it’s none of them. There’s also a lot of unexplored shrubbery, and you could maybe… Read More Writing a Novel: Two Ways to Strengthen Character Voice
by Kelsie Engen As authors, we constantly second guess ourselves. It’s practically our job. But since an author’s job description is…description, it comes as no surprise that sometimes we tend to both over describe and over explain.
by Amie Gibbons If you ask any writer what the biggest mistake a new writer can make is, they’ll give you a ton of different answers. There’s stuff about technicalities of writing newbies all seem to do (trust me, so did I), there are different plot mistakes, and there are things with characters.
Sometimes, just sometimes, it can be a little frustrating, this whole writing malarkey. And quite frequently, you might find yourself (however unreasonably) not wanting to talk about it. At all. Especially just after the times where you’ve erupted into a ball of angry frustration tears at the latest bout of writer’s block, and swear… Read More 5 Things Never to Say to a Writer
by Meg Dowell When we share our work with others, we are usually looking for one thing: feedback.
by Lev Raphael Lots of writers dream of writing a “big book.” It’s a book that gets advertised and reviewed everywhere. A book that people are reading on trains, planes, subways, and listening to in their cars on cross country trips or morning commutes.