Five Steps for Bringing Your Character to Life – With Guest Author Audrey Furnas

Writing an excellent book is no small task. One way to make a good novel great is by having fantastic characters. Readers might be riveted by your plot. They might be fascinated by your premise. Your prose might shine beautifully. Or you might have the most vivid set dressings. But if a reader finds yourContinue reading “Five Steps for Bringing Your Character to Life – With Guest Author Audrey Furnas”

The Books I’ve Read During 2021

Ratings and Rankings This week, I’m doing a different post than my regular writer content and giving something for the reader. I feel strongly that good writers are avid readers. A good friend recently asked if I had an article ranking the books I’ve read during this past year. I hadn’t planned on one, butContinue reading “The Books I’ve Read During 2021”

How to Rock Marketing Your Book on Instagram: With Guest Author Sarah Sutton

I’m ending the year of incredible guest authors with an indie author that will have your heart-melting. Not only is Sarah Sutton an incredible YA romance writer, she’s also a rockstar when it comes to book marketing. No creative type wants to feel like a used car salesman when marketing a book, but we allContinue reading “How to Rock Marketing Your Book on Instagram: With Guest Author Sarah Sutton”

8 Things to Try When You Get Stuck While Writing

Writing a book is hard. Whether you’re a plotter, pantser, or something in between, there might be a time when you get stuck. This most often happens somewhere halfway, which is why writers affectionately call the midpoint of writing a book the “murky middle”. This makes sense. You have an idea that you’re excited aboutContinue reading “8 Things to Try When You Get Stuck While Writing”

10 Reasons Why Writing a Novel is Like Running a Marathon

Happy November! This means we are just kicking off National Novel Writing Month. If somehow you’re unfamiliar despite my preptober posts last month, it is when insane people, myself included, participate in this annual event to write a novel (50,0000 words) in one month. It’s truly a test of endurance and motivation. In tandem withContinue reading “10 Reasons Why Writing a Novel is Like Running a Marathon”

Preptober Week Four: Organization and Time Management – With Guest Author Erin Thomson

Ready or not, Prep-tober is wrapping up and NaNoWriMo is upon us. We have created our plot outlines, made character info sheets, and brainstormed worlds and extra details. What’s left is organizing yourself to ensure NaNo success! This week, we have guest Author Erin Thompson providing useful insights, including ways to psych yourself up andContinue reading “Preptober Week Four: Organization and Time Management – With Guest Author Erin Thomson”

Preptober Week Three: World Building and Extras

So far, we have focused our preptober efforts on the dual arm of plot and character, but those are not the only two considerations while planning a story. This week is to prep all the remaining details that are pertinent to your story. Planning out the rest of this “stuff” includes world building, but itContinue reading “Preptober Week Three: World Building and Extras”

Preptober Week Two: Characters

Welcome to the second week of Preptober! This week, I’m focusing on developing my characters. Believable characters are unique and three-dimensional, but there’s a lot to consider. Each character has specific attributes, like appearance, personality, and a backstory, that make them relatable. A character’s motivations inform their actions and decisions, creating the narrative arc ofContinue reading “Preptober Week Two: Characters”