Writing Your Future

There are two schools of thought when it comes to destiny. The first states that all is preordained and that all things happen according to a plan that cannot be changed or avoided. The other believes that fate does not exist and that our lives progress, for the most part, as directed by our...

Life After NaNoWriMo...

Last month, writers everywhere participated in National Novel Writing Month with the ambitious goal of completing a 50,000-word novel manuscript. If you reached your November writing goal, congratulations! You’ve already accomplished something impressive, yet finishing the first draft of a...

Keep Writing Through the Holiday Season

Congrats! You’ve made it to another holiday season — and, subsequently, will most likely neglect your writing until Jan. 1.  Don’t worry. With shopping, family get-togethers and gift giving, it’s easy to forget writing projects during this time of year. To make sure you stay on track through the holiday craziness, here are five tips to help you keep writing. 1. Carry a small notepad and pen. With this digital age, we tend to forget that we can actually handwrite with those archaic tools called pen and paper. So next time you’re in line getting your 6-year-old that toy that he’ll probably forget by his next birthday, jot down...

Write Engaging Scenes Using All Five Senses

Quick — does your novel need an IV? Or maybe emergency surgery? It might be because your descriptions are flatlining.  You’ve already heard that to create lush, engaging descriptions in your novel, you need to “show, don’t tell.” But “show” implies “sight,” which leaves out our other four senses entirely. To have your reader experience a scene as intimately as possible, you must also incorporate sound, touch, taste and smell. These senses are often neglected, if they’re even addressed at all. To give your descriptions a jolt of electricity, follow these guidelines from Novelist’s Boot Camp by Todd A....

Smart Publishing: Fi...

Like many writers, you might have a deep, driving desire to publish your works. But where do you start? Book publishing is a whole new world separate from writing, so don’t worry if you have questions. While you’re narrowing your search for a publisher, whether you chose to publish with...

You Say You Write In...

First, let me say that I am honored to write this guest blog. On the heels of the Writer’s Digest Conference West this past weekend (which I had a blast at and highly recommend), this seems like perfect timing for a blog about finding the time to write. I know this topic has been covered...

Develop the Critic Within

Criticism about your writing is going to come in many forms. Someone you don’t know may write a review of your book in a newspaper. Someone you trust might offer a critique of your draft. You might get feedback from a writing group or read comments online at Amazon or Goodreads. Despite whether the criticism is constructive or destructive (and there’s a major difference), it is important to take all of it into consideration before throwing away as much of it as you wish. First off, most feedback you get from friends will be over-complimentary, so you have to take their “This is amazing!” comments with a grain of salt. These blanket...

The Toughest Crowd i...

They say writing for children is harder than your typical novel, and there’s good reason for this. As adults, we’ve developed an innate understanding about how to communicate with each other — how our work day went, what happened over the weekend, giving a speech at work, etc. But few...

Overcome Fear, Compl...

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”   —  H.P. Lovecraft There are some writers who cannot wait to get their words down on paper and who nearly stumble over themselves with eagerness to share those...

Write That Novel You...

Let me guess. You’ve got a lot of ideas, any of which would make a fantastic novel – if only you had the time to write them down. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. Let’s face it, writing can be hard. It can be intimidating. It takes a lot of time. And then after all of that...