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”

Publishing in the Summer: with Guest Author Zara Hoffman

Summer might be winding down, but some of you might be wondering if this is a good time of year to publish their work in progress. The answer might vary depending on if you’re an indie versus a trad author. I’m excited to share this amazing guest post all about publishing during the summer, byContinue reading “Publishing in the Summer: with Guest Author Zara Hoffman”

5 Ways to Use the Emotion Thesaurus

One of my favorite writing craft books/resources has got to be Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi’s The Emotion Thesaurus. It truly is a Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. Creating authentic and engaging emotions in your narrative can help evoke emotions in your reader, which will create a stronger connection to the story and a betterContinue reading “5 Ways to Use the Emotion Thesaurus”

Tips for Adding Humor Part 2: Types of Humor

A couple weeks ago I wrote up an article with plenty of insights about injecting humor into your narrative. One of those insights happened to be identifying types of humor that you find funny. Since there are a number of different types of humor, I decided to make your life easier and condense them intoContinue reading “Tips for Adding Humor Part 2: Types of Humor”

Tips and Ideas for Creating Holidays

Holidays are fun whether they are real or imagined. Fictional holidays tend to pop up often in science fiction and fantasy genres. The inclusion of holidays can round out details of world building, provided a point of connection between the reader and the story, and act as a plot device. As a festive fanatic andContinue reading “Tips and Ideas for Creating Holidays”

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”

Writing Action Scenes: With Guest Author Matt Romeo

When we hear the term ‘action scene’ we often think fight scenes, car chases, and explosions. But the truth is, action scenes can have all of the above, but it’s not a requirement. However, there are a few things that you will always want to consider and include when you sit down to write anContinue reading “Writing Action Scenes: With Guest Author Matt Romeo”

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”

Plot vs Character Driven Novels

How do you identify the driving force behind your book? When writing fiction, especially genre fiction (popular/commercial fiction), it’s important to have strength in both plot AND characters. Characters make a story memorable and give readers a way in to connect at some empathetic, human level (even if characters are non-human). Plot separates a compellingContinue reading “Plot vs Character Driven Novels”