Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.
Check out last week’s episode here.
Continue reading Ten Quote Tuesday (#17)
So, you failed your writing goal. What now? With less than two days to go in Nanowrimo, I thought this would be an appropriate subject to go over. Did you fall short?
Continue reading If You Fail Your Writing Goal
If there was one piece of writing advice I disliked most as a new writer, it certainly was “Show, don’t tell.” Initially, I had no idea what it meant. Self-help writing blogs often toss this phrase around without examples. I even had a critique done on my writing once, and the person critiquing said this phrase several times but offered no help on what showing actually meant.
Finally, I stumbled upon a quote that changed my outlook on writing forever.
Continue reading Showing vs. Telling
What’s the best way to initiate a solid protagonist character?
Continue reading How to Have Stronger Character Beginnings
It’s been said that the difference between a good novel and a great novel is only 1%. When I first read that, it used to drive me nuts. What is that 1%?
Continue reading How to Gain That Last 1% in Your Writing
by Ryan Lanz
- tal·ent [tal-uhnt] noun: a special natural ability or aptitude.
- skill [skil] noun: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well.
What if you don’t have natural talent? Does that mean you may as well give up?
Continue reading Skill vs. Talent – Which do you have?
Today we’re going to interview Alison Bliss, a recently published author. The intent is to highlight a successful publication path to aspiring authors, who might be looking to take a similar route. Armed with creativity and dedication, authors are finding success in today’s changing market.
Continue reading How Alison Bliss Became Published: An Interview
You’ve got your idea. Your characters are fleshed out. The setting is crystallized in your mind.
You power up the laptop, and you place your fingers on the keys. Chapter one.
There’s a magic in that. You can practically feel the readers forming an orderly line to purchase your book, even before you finish the first paragraph. But what do you want to accomplish? What are the things to avoid in your first chapter? In this post, we’ll look at the nitty-gritty of a novel’s first chapter.
Continue reading Avoiding First Chapter Blunders