editing

NaNoWriMo: Good or Bad, Let’s Move Forward — Guest: A.E. Siraki

November 29, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for NaNoWriMo: Good or Bad, Let’s Move Forward — Guest: A.E. Siraki

Just because we don’t have a brag-worthy NaNo doesn’t mean that we failed. Or if we do come up with 50K words, that doesn’t mean we’re happy with our work. Either way, A.E. (Anita) Siraki is here to share her insights on what comes next.

Pin It
Click here to read more

7 Resources for History Research — Guest: K.B. Owen

November 15, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for 7 Resources for History Research — Guest: K.B. Owen

Many stories require research on settings, characters, careers, or a story premise. The difficulties increase if we need to reference non-contemporary details. Today, historical fiction author Kathy Owen shares her top resources for researching historical details.

Pin It
Click here to read more

3 Acting Tips to Strengthen Our Voice — Guest: Libby Heily

November 10, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for 3 Acting Tips to Strengthen Our Voice — Guest: Libby Heily

When writing, do you ever make the facial expressions of your characters? In that way, most writers are like actors, but other acting skills can help our writing too. Today, Libby Heily shares how we can deepen our characters, strengthen our voice, and sharpen our dialogue with acting skills.

Pin It
Click here to read more

How Can We Make NaNoWriMo Work for Us?

October 27, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for How Can We Make NaNoWriMo Work for Us?

A common assumption about NaNoWriMo is that people write crap to meet the word count demands of 50K words in one month, but NaNo writing doesn’t have to be poor quality. Let’s take a look at how we can make NaNo work for us.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Should Published Stories Be Set in Stone?

October 20, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Should Published Stories Be Set in Stone?

In traditional publishing, authors (and their readers) are often stuck with errors, but with ebooks, POD, and self-publishing, files are easy to fix and upload. Should authors make changes, or should books be set in stone?

Pin It
Click here to read more

Writing a Series: How Much Do We Need to Plan Ahead?

October 18, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Writing a Series: How Much Do We Need to Plan Ahead?

Authors who writes series often see more sales and success, but for writers who struggle to plan stories in advance, planning out a big series might be impossible. Let’s take a look at our options for planning series in advance.

Pin It
Click here to read more

4 Tips for Preventing Flat Descriptions — Guest: Janice Hardy

October 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for 4 Tips for Preventing Flat Descriptions — Guest: Janice Hardy

Story description has a bad reputation for being “skippable,” but a story without description happens in a vacuum. Today, Janice Hardy is here to share advice and examples on how to make our descriptions less flat, less “told,” and therefore, less skippable.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Strengthening Stakes: It’s Not about Going Big

September 27, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Strengthening Stakes: It’s Not about Going Big

A story’s stakes are one element that keeps readers turning pages because they want to see if our characters succeed. At first glance, we might think bigger stakes are better for sucking in readers, but not every story lends themselves to huge stakes. Are “quieter” stories doomed to fail the “page-turner” test?

Pin It
Click here to read more

Increasing Our Productivity: Why It’s Not Simple

September 22, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Increasing Our Productivity: Why It’s Not Simple

Most (probably all) writers want to increase their productivity because we want to make the most of the writing time we have. However, we’re all different, so we might need to figure out the right style of productivity advice for us.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Balancing Elements: How Can We Know the Right Amount?

September 15, 2016 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Balancing Elements: How Can We Know the Right Amount?

I’ve offered several posts here about balancing various elements of our story, but there’s still room for debate because we have to find the right balance for our voice, genre, tone, and style—for our story. That means there is no perfect amount of backstory or description or emotion.

Pin It
Click here to read more