Characters do all kinds of things in fiction. Their actions make up the stories we write, and if they did nothing...it'd be pretty boring. But how much motivation should there be in what they do? Do you, as the author, need to always know why they're doing it, or can they just "do something for … Continue reading Character Actions: Should There Be a Reason Why?
This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "When your writing life is a bit cloudy or full of rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?" Personally, … Continue reading What Helps You Keep Writing?
Lately, I've been trying an experiment I've heard about for years with authors and never really took serious: writing every day. Here are some quotes from writers on the subject: “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages … Continue reading What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me
This week, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is asking how we celebrate a writing goal or completing a book. Click here to join the fun! As I was thinking this over, I realized I don't usually celebrate finishing a project. So often, it's "done-and-on-to-the-next." I think this is partly because of my schedule--book coaching projects … Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Our Writing Goals
Recently, I've been refining my editing process, discovering just what my word processing software can do (and that, yes, it can convert and make things Microsoft Word can still use, despite being made on a Mac). Gone are the days when "editing" meant printing out documents and marking them up with all sorts of little … Continue reading The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching
This week, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is asking what we love about the genre we most frequent, as writers. Click here to join the fun! I've talked about my journey into writing fantasy before, but it bears repeating (especially when it's the topic of the month). I came to fantasy very late. I never … Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy (with just a pinch of Sci-Fi)
Many of my blogging friends have belonged to a group called the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a blog-hop hosted by Alex Cavanaugh that gives writers a chance to interact with each other, encourage each other, and discuss a question related to writing once a month. I've enjoyed their posts over the years, though I've … Continue reading Are You an Insecure Writer? Or Just in Denial?
Today, I want to talk about reader experience. Not something that gets discussed much among writers, as I generally see it crop up in literary criticism under "reader response," but thinking about how a reader is going to likely navigate your story makes a world of difference to you, as an author. I know, you … Continue reading What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?
All writers need readers--otherwise, there would be no point in getting things published--but writers who strive to write well need more. Just any reader won't do. We need readers who get invested in our characters, who are willing to point out faults, who take the time to notice when we spell things wrong or use … Continue reading Why Writers Need Critical Readers
I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy! Name: Sally Forest Genre: Women's fiction Title: Choose: Snakes or Ladders - A Psychological Coming-of-Age Novel Blurb: The first in … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Choose: Snakes or Ladders