It seems like an eternity ago that I actually talked about writing, as opposed to reading. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t had an idea for a compelling topic, or simply because the more I learn about writing the more I realize how little I actually know. However, in the nearly two years I have been … Continue reading How Blogging Helped My Writing
It has been quite a while since I’ve done a post on writing as opposed to reading, but honestly I enjoy sharing my thoughts about reading because, when it comes to writing, I’m no expert. However, I started writing this article nearly a year ago and I thought I’d share with you guys my thoughts … Continue reading Plot vs. Characters: Which is More Important?
A while back (in the couple months last year when I was doing Daily Thoughts), I talked briefly about my experiences on some book sharing websites like Wattpad and Fictionpress. But I felt that a quick post about it really wasn’t enough to get all my thoughts onto the page. So I’ve finally got around … Continue reading Wattpad vs. Fictionpress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Picture this. You have this great book idea. A romance set in 17th century France, and the dastardly villain of a count who’s threatening to replace the male lead as the new lead. You’ve got a great female protagonist. You’ve got a setting. And then you realize it…you know nothing about 17th century France. Where … Continue reading Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel
Writer’s Block. It’s something most writers suffer from. Though I’ve never gone through extended periods of inactivity, I have moved to different stories because I cannot figure out where one novel should go or how to rewrite it. There are tons of different blogs and videos on how to overcome this problem and everyone has … Continue reading Some Things I Didn’t Know About Writer’s Block
In any story, characters are probably the most important aspect. But just how important are the clothes they wear? The answer is simple: extremely important. Most authors don’t realize just how important fashion is in fiction. So today, I’m going to be talking about just that: character fashion, its importance in stories, and some tips … Continue reading Clothing Your Characters
There are three things that draw the attention of potential readers to a book in a bookstore. Cover, author, and title. Covers must appear attractive, eye-catching. Familiarity with authors’ names can prompt purchases. But titles are important for many reasons. A good title must both draw the reader in and be something familiar. Often from … Continue reading The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story
Read books that challenge you Whether it challenges your beliefs (opening your mind to new cultures, places, and people) or your vocabulary, reading books that you wouldn’t usually read is a great way of deepening your own writing. Write every day This is a tip you hear a lot, but I’ll expand it a bit. … Continue reading 15 Tips to be a Better Writer
If you’ve read and watched as many horror stories as I have, you’ll know that creators love to set their plots around really creepy places, like haunted houses and asylums. But let’s face it: the same old setting can get a wee bit repetitive because few authors seem to find new, unique settings. So today … Continue reading Unique Places to Set a Horror Story
If you want to be a serious writer who makes a successful career by your writing, the one thing you need to understand is that building an avid reader base is imperative to success. And, if you come up with a fantasy book one year and a mystery the next, your reader base will not … Continue reading Which Genre Should You Write?