by Matt Frick
I didn’t write ONE sentence of my current book project this week. Not a single word.
But man did I make some progress!
I told y’all how I like to outline the entire story in multiple levels of detail before I really get to writing a manuscript [Planning: The Importance of Outlining (for me, anyway)], so you probably don’t see anything wrong with that first-line declaration, given the fact that I’m still in the outlining phase. But that line is more attention grabbing than, “I didn’t add a single bullet point to the 30th scene of my outline this week.”
Continue reading Start from the Middle: How One Single Idea Just Changed Everything
by Elisabeth Wong
Okay, I guess it’s confession time: I’m a love skeptic.
To a certain extent. And if you were wondering, yeah, that confession was for my own sake too. I don’t know that I’ve acknowledged this trait in myself before – not because I’m ashamed of being a skeptic, but because romance in general is a big no-no for me. Horrified gasp! Yes, I’m one of those people! I’m that girl whose parents wouldn’t allow her to date in high school; that one girl who (what?) hasn’t owned up to having a crush on a guy for like eleven years now.
Continue reading Writing Romance for the Skeptic
If you could, please offer me some feedback on post frequency and certain post series. Please click the option that most closely resembles your opinion. There are three polls, so please scroll down to catch them all. Thanks!
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by Chloe-Anne Ross
Other than uploading on time (sorry!) my biggest problem continues to be planning my novels. I plan on writing a series and right now I only have act 1 of W.OT.G worked out but even still I plan on re-working my plan.
My idea for the opening scene didn’t go so well and I knew I had to change the landscape she was climbing, the beasts she was running from and the compass she carried with her and just her entire word! No biggie : -/ hmm…right?
Continue reading Using Your Bad Ideas
Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!
by J.U. Scribe
It’s been over a year since I published my book, Before the Legend. This past year I’ve learned so much about self-publishing and marketing. Although I’m thankful for the little successes and milestones I was able to reach, there were several things I wish I could have done differently before and after self-publishing my book. The first three in the list are things I already knew before publishing but underestimated while doing this process. Here are my top 7 things you want to do before you self-publish.
Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing
by Yvonne Blackwood
The creative juices are flowing and you are writing as if there is no tomorrow. You are able to do this because you have carefully plotted out your story. Great start. As the story progresses, Ronnie Rabbit gets up to some tricks. You have narrated these tricks and you know how the matter will be resolved in the end. Yet, somehow your rabbit character seems flat. Why is this?
Continue reading How to Write Children’s Picture Books: Is He a Good Guy or a Bad Guy? (Part 5)
by Doug Lewars
Mythology is a goldmine for authors–particularly those who write fantasy–although some of the plots within the myths can be adapted to other genres as well. Myths are a feature of every culture and they’re generally used to explain natural phenomena or the establishment of cultural norms. They are deemed to be of sufficient importance that courses on the subject are offered at the university level.
Continue reading Using Mythology to Improve Your Writing