Letting Go: How Do You Know You’re Ready to Publish? #atozchallenge, #writer

Yesterday, we discussed the importance of "keeping on," of writing until you're finished. But how do you know when you're done? How do you know when your book is ready to be released from your possessive grip and given to the literary winds? After the rough draft, there are always revisions. Spellings to correct, typos … Continue reading Letting Go: How Do You Know You’re Ready to Publish? #atozchallenge, #writer

Jests, Jokes, and Japes: How to Add Humor to Your Writing #atozchallenge #writer

Finding pictures for this post was tricky, because how can you show laughter? How can you depict a joke? What's funny to one person may disgust or fail to delight another, and some jokes require a certain frame of mind, a certain expectation of how the world works, or even fluency in a certain language … Continue reading Jests, Jokes, and Japes: How to Add Humor to Your Writing #atozchallenge #writer

A Writer’s Source of Ideas

For "I," I wanted to write about ideas. Some writers have no trouble coming up with ideas. Others have a few thoughts of what they'd like to write about--a particular character or genre, perhaps--but need help coming up with the rest of the story. The plot, the description, the "meat" that makes the story long … Continue reading A Writer’s Source of Ideas

Do You Like Happy Endings? #atozchallenge #amwriting

Every story has to have its ending, and there have been times in history when a particular ending was preferred. King Lear was even altered to give it a happy ending (which I felt defeated the artistic work of Shakespeare). Some people can't wait for the end, wading through drama and angst solely to get to the … Continue reading Do You Like Happy Endings? #atozchallenge #amwriting

Why Writers Should be Supremely Grateful #atozchallenge #writer

Recently, an article by Katherine Bolger Hyde got me thinking: Writers should be the most grateful people in the world. Not necessarily the happiest (we're too sensitive for that). And not the richest (though it would be nice to be that, too) But we should definitely be the most grateful. Because we get to hang out … Continue reading Why Writers Should be Supremely Grateful #atozchallenge #writer

Why You Should Blog #atozchallenge #amwriting

I'm not going to say that blogging can make you famous, give you a new career, or change your life (though it probably can...at least theoretically?). But, having blogged fairly steadily for the last two years, I know that it can change how you write. Suddenly, you can use the hashtag #amwriting all the time, … Continue reading Why You Should Blog #atozchallenge #amwriting

Do you have what it takes to be an Author? #atozchallenge

For the very first post of my very first A to Z Blogging Challenge, I wanted to start with discussing what it takes to be an author. I've touched on this before (because my blog is all about writing), but I feel it's an important topic. Because every writer is not an author. And this … Continue reading Do you have what it takes to be an Author? #atozchallenge

Every Romance is a Love Triangle

I was thinking about the nature of love triangles after penning yesterday's post and I realized that every relationship is a love triangle. You have the guy, the girl...and, if there is no other rival, at very least you have the status quo for conflict, pulling one's heart in the opposite direction. Because that's what … Continue reading Every Romance is a Love Triangle

The Best and Worst in Love Triangles

Love triangles are tremendously common, especially in YA fiction these days; one handsome guy is apparently not enough anymore. And I'm not against them on principle. There have been many great love triangles in literature over the centuries: Marianne, Willoughby, and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility; Romeo, Juliet, and Paris from Romeo and Juliet; even … Continue reading The Best and Worst in Love Triangles

Your Novel’s “Big Question”

I think the biggest thing that makes readers keep reading is.... Mystery. No, it doesn't mean you have to write a "who-done-it," but the best novels start out with a "Big Question" that the rest of the novel must answer. Here are a few examples: Pride and Prejudice: Can Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters make "good … Continue reading Your Novel’s “Big Question”