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

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

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

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

Novel Writing 101: So You Want to Write a Book?

Have you ever had the dream of writing a book? Maybe, thinking to yourself something like this? "I'm going to write a novel this year.┬áThis time, I'm really going to do it." A surprising number of people have tossed around this idea before, or included it on their bucket list for lifetime goals. Maybe you're … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: So You Want to Write a Book?