Novel Writing 101: Keeping it Real – Writing When It’s Hard

There's an old adage we writers love to toss around--"You can't edit a blank page." The idea, of course, is that if you want to have something to shape into a book, you have to sit down and write it first. Last week we talked about 5 tips for getting that first draft written; today … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: Keeping it Real – Writing When It’s Hard

Novel Writing 101: 5 Tips for Nailing the First Draft

The big moment has finally arrived. You've thought about characters,setting, story structure, and theme. You've created an outline or storyboard or list of scenes. You may even have had moments of panic, asking yourself, can I really do this? (Yes, you can!). Now it's time to tackle the first draft of your novel. And, might … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: 5 Tips for Nailing the First Draft

Novel Writing 101: Outlines – Pulling It all Together

We're in the home stretch of pre-planning, dear writers and readers! In our series so far, we've looked at characters and character arcs, loglines, setting, plot structure, and theme. Hopefully you've got lots of notes, full of little gems of insight into different facets of your story. Now what? How do we pull it all … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: Outlines – Pulling It all Together

Writing Breaks: Finding Rest and Inspiration

Hello, dear readers and fellow writers! Today I'm taking a break from our series on Novel Writing 101, because I can't resist the chance to share with you about my recent trip to Ireland. But to keep things writing-related, here's our angle--taking guilt-free writing breaks. Have you ever reached that place in your work where … Continue reading Writing Breaks: Finding Rest and Inspiration

Novel Writing 101: How to Give Your Story Bones

Hey, friends! How is the story building going so far? Have you made some great progress on creating your story's world? So far we've touched on creating characters with goals, worldbuilding, and creating a plot sentence. Today we're going to dive deeper into story structure, an essential part of fleshing out your plot and giving … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: How to Give Your Story Bones

Using Twitter as a Platform to Raise Your Artistic Profile: A Guest Post by Jason VanHorn

Hey, fellow readers and writers! I'm a little late on getting this post out, thanks to the joys of summer like visiting with friends, afternoons by the pool, and late night fireworks. I hope you all are hard at work on your story world bibles. In the meantime, I have a great post for you … Continue reading Using Twitter as a Platform to Raise Your Artistic Profile: A Guest Post by Jason VanHorn