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

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

Novel Writing 101: Bringing the Setting to Life

So far in this series, we've talked about characters and their story goals. We've established a plot sentence or logline summarizing the basics of our stories. In our loglines, we included a short phrase for the story's setting. Today we're going to dig deeper into exactly how to construct that world where the action happens. … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: Bringing the Setting to Life

Five Courses of the Rough Draft: Are You Hungry Yet? A Guest Post by Laura L. Zimmerman

Welcome to summer, dear friends! Are you savoring the return of longer days and sunshine? Today I have a special treat for you - a guest post written by fabulous MG/ YA writer and homeschool mom, Laura L. Zimmerman. And since we've been working in this series on putting together all the pieces to write … Continue reading Five Courses of the Rough Draft: Are You Hungry Yet? A Guest Post by Laura L. Zimmerman

Novel Writing 101: Creating a Target with a Plot Sentence

Hello again, friends! I'm very excited to tackle today's topic, because my own lack of knowledge in this area caused my early writing efforts to flounder. I spent months writing and rewriting my stories, but felt like they were never quite hitting the target I wanted. Probably (duh!), because I had never created the target … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: Creating a Target with a Plot Sentence