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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”

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”

Best of the Guests

Tips from 2021’s Guest Authors Since it’s December, we’re wrapping up yet another great year. This year was especially fun for me because it was the first year I had a guest author featured on the Newbie to Novelist blog once a month. All of these authors are so talented and inspiring, so naturally, IContinue reading “Best of the Guests”

Writing About Food

Between Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas cookies, I just about spend all month thinking about and eating food. I don’t know about you, but devouring a good book leaves me feeling hungry. This is especially true if the author incorporates devilishly mouthwatering food descriptions into their prose. Food is my love language. It’s one of myContinue reading “Writing About Food”

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 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”

Why Show vs. Tell is So Important: With Guest Author Melissa Frey

This month’s featured guest author is the lovely and talented, Melissa Frey. Not only has she indie released multiple books, with her latest release published last month, she is also a superior resource for writing craft and development. She hosts writing mastermind courses, and there is even one all about this very topic of “showContinue reading “Why Show vs. Tell is So Important: With Guest Author Melissa Frey”

Character Shorthand: Tips for Crafting Memorable Characters with Brevity

Writers are artists who paint images in the mind of a reader with little more than the written word. Powerful stuff. Though, our readers actually do a lot of the work. Readers have this little thing called imagination that takes our words and plays it like a movie in their head. They don’t need usContinue reading “Character Shorthand: Tips for Crafting Memorable Characters with Brevity”

All You Need to Know About Critique Partners – Q&A

Recently one of my critique partners (CP) and I completed full read-throughs of each other’s novels, and so I have the joy that are CPs on the mind. I’m very fortunate to have two close critique partners that are always there to read my work––including novels, novellas, query letters, and even drafts of articles orContinue reading “All You Need to Know About Critique Partners – Q&A”

So You Finished Your First Draft…Now What? With Guest Author Katrina N. Lewis

This month’s guest author shines a spotlight on the somewhat grey and ambiguous period between writing the first draft and publishing a novel. There are obviously tons of ways to navigate this mysterious, amorphic time as an author.  Just as there are several avenues open to an author to publish, but this month’s guest authorContinue reading “So You Finished Your First Draft…Now What? With Guest Author Katrina N. Lewis”

10 Ways to Make Writing Query Letters a Piece of Cake

Alright, deep breaths. I tell myself as I sit down to write a query letter. Writing a manuscript? Easy! Seeking beta readers? No problem! Integrating feedback from said beta readers into said manuscript? No worries at all! Writing a query letter to submit to literary agents? You’ll find me hiding under the covers. Why queryContinue reading “10 Ways to Make Writing Query Letters a Piece of Cake”

Creating A Book Playlist: with Guest Author Mindy McKinley

All throughout February, I’m talking about love and romance, so I wanted to feature a Romance writer as this month’s guest author. Mindy McKinely debuted her first romance novel in 2020 and since then has rapid-fire released two sequels and a few steamy novellas to boot.  I had the pleasure of reading an ARC (AdvanceContinue reading “Creating A Book Playlist: with Guest Author Mindy McKinley”

Romancing the Beat Overview: Featuring Disney’s Tangled

While writing the post: 5 Tips for Writing Romantic Subplots, my fifth tip was to utilize romantic story structure and I recommend checking out Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes (which also has a Scrivener template). But I wanted to include my own overview. Quick disclaimer: This overview is pretty true to Gwen Hayes’ beats,Continue reading “Romancing the Beat Overview: Featuring Disney’s Tangled”

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