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....

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...

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...