We've all been there. That time our dream agent turned down the manuscript we worked on for years. Or when a beta reader said the book wasn't worth publishing. Some days it's hard to hold on to the dream. Looking for encouragement? A reason to keep writing? You've come to the right place. I asked... Continue Reading →
10. Your story is layered with cliches and tropes. Yes, we're starting off with the big ones. <insert cringe here> There are no twists or turning the cliches on their proverbial heads; instead, every move your protagonist makes is predictable. Soon your reader is wondering, "Haven't I read this story a hundred times?" 9. Too many... Continue Reading →
Protagonist: Look, I hope you know I'm here unwillingly. I still have several scenes to appear in today, and if I'm a no-show, things are really going down. Me: Exactly what I want to talk to you about. [Protagonist glowers at the wall.] Me: Let's pretend for a few minutes that we've never met. What... Continue Reading →
"I'll race you." He flashed me a mischievous grin. "Up the hill, past that circle of pines." I glanced in the direction he was pointing. Seriously? The hill he'd chosen was impossibly steep. . .and buried in snow. Talk about a suicide mission. I checked my sturdy snow boots and calculated my chances of beating... Continue Reading →
Whether you're at a family visit or a party with friends, keep a notebook on hand. You never know when someone's off-the-wall statements may inspire an idea.
I usually don't feel inspired to write. It's partway through that you start thinking, "This is awesome and I'm glad I'm writing today. "
"Write like a child?" you complain. "Are you out of your mind? The stories I wrote as a kid are utter trash!" I'm not talking about grammar or sentence structure or (goodness knows) thin plots that riddled our infantile writings. I'm talking about the wonder. The ability to lose yourself in a fictional world. Set yourself free. And... Continue Reading →
You spot a bookstore on your way to the grocery store. You... (A) Scout out the place and decide to return later when you have more time to browse (B) Drive on. You don't need more books, anyway (C) Spend all your grocery money on books (D) Apply for a new credit card so you... Continue Reading →
You paint me larger than life. Who is the reader supposed to fear? ME. Who has the power to change the outcome of a book? ME. I'm the most powerful character in the book. Listen to me roar. 2. Free publicity. You generally set up the stage before I make my appearance. The reader knows... Continue Reading →