Xag and Xau: What Matters to Your Characters? #atozchallenge #amwriting

Though toying with writing about "the grand X-it" today, I've decided to forgo puns and word-cheats and use actual X words. XAG and XAU are the financial abbreviations for ounces of silver and gold, and Googling either of them will bring up how much those metals are currently valued on the stock market/gold and silver … Continue reading Xag and Xau: What Matters to Your Characters? #atozchallenge #amwriting

The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

Every fictional novel not set in contemporary times requires world-building. You might be able to "cheat," as it were, and do it via extensive research about what a past time period was like, rather than creating a brand new realm, but the situation is similar. Either way, the details are what sets your story apart. … Continue reading The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

What To Do With Villains? #atozchallenge #amwriting #fantasy

Villains are a part of a great deal of fiction. Not every story has to have one, of course, but the action/adventure, science fiction, and fantasy genres tend to rely on the presence of evil-minded characters pretty heavily (and even romance can have a trouble-making rival). But what are our options when it comes to … Continue reading What To Do With Villains? #atozchallenge #amwriting #fantasy

Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

For pantsters and plotters both, understanding your characters is essential. We need to know who we're writing about to be able to outline an accurate plot or to be able to write the scenes, following our characters lead. But how do we learn about our characters? Outline them.┬áMany authors do this, in the form of … Continue reading Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

The Dangers of Trying Too Hard #amwriting #atozchallenge

  There are moments when all of us have tried too hard, one way or another. We have a particular goal, and we're striving towards it. Despite the fact that our writing isn't flowing naturally, we keep on, fighting the current and our own writing tendencies (and sometimes, our own characters). But whenever this happens, … Continue reading The Dangers of Trying Too Hard #amwriting #atozchallenge

Why Writers Need Rest #atozchallenge #amnotwriting

Sometimes, I think our status needs to be #amnotwriting. Because we shouldn't always be writing. Our art can suffer from constant output, and we can forget how real people interact--how they talk, how they think, how they act--if we're only surrounded by their literary counterparts all the time. We can forget what it's like to … Continue reading Why Writers Need Rest #atozchallenge #amnotwriting

Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer

We can't go into "cute dog" mode to get people to like our novel. We can't just cock our head and cast a pleading, expressive glance at the people involved--whether to solicit an agent or a book reviewer. So what do we do? We write query letters...which may be one of the unavoidable, least fun … Continue reading Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer

A Pantster or a Plotter: How Do You Write? #amwriting #atozchallenge

I've been looking forward to writing this for some time. And now that we're at "P"...here goes! Early on, I'd never heard of the difference between pantsters and plotters. I just wrote. But then, as I interacted with other authors, I came to realize that everyone doesn't write a story in the same way. Some … Continue reading A Pantster or a Plotter: How Do You Write? #amwriting #atozchallenge

Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Description is one of my least favorite things to write--it feels like such a catalog of objects, colors, and sensations--but it's a necessary evil. Action can't happen in a vacuum; readers need some sense of where a character is, even if its only very general. Some authors have gotten away with very little description. Jane … Continue reading Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Networking–Real or Fake? #atozchallenge #networking

  One of the best things about the A to Z blogging challenge is all the networking that takes place--the visiting of other blogs, the comments, the new thoughts being exchanged. In my experience with blogging, there are two kinds of networking: Fake and Real. Superficial or Genuine. Superficial Networking:┬áThis is where we stop by … Continue reading Networking–Real or Fake? #atozchallenge #networking