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
We discussed how to write a blurb in general here, and today I want to talk about a specific blurb challenge: writing one for a sequel. When you write a series, you're always juggling the backstory. How much information about the books that come before have to be included? Will they stand alone or make no … Continue reading Four Secrets to Writing a Blurb for a Sequel
Writing blurbs can be considered the ultimate challenge. You've finished a full-length story--now write a brief statement that encapsulates your tale in a few paragraphs, using language that will entice, interest, and intrigue a would-be reader. Oh, and keep it consistent with the story inside so that the two match. Simple, right? Unless you're … Continue reading How to Successfully Write a Blurb
I've written about editorial reviews, discussing what they are and how a writer benefits from them here, and I wanted to share an example with you. So here is a guest post about a short self-help book, showcasing how an editorial review works. Enjoy! Title: Deserving Good: Getting to Know Your Real Self and Live … Continue reading Editorial Review – Deserving Good
Scenes can be delightful, sad, poignant, tense, or scary. They can become a reader's favorite part or most dreaded section, but one thing a scene should never do is just sit there, occupying space. So here are three questions you need to ask every scene. Plotters might ask themselves these questions beforehand, while we pantsters … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Every Scene
I wanted to share another blurb coaching with all of you, done for a Writer's Path Writers Club. Enjoy! Name: Ian Miller Genre: Science Fiction Title: A Face on Cydonia Original Blurb: Schools in the early 22nd century teach that the big corporations provide all necessary services solely for the betterment of society, under the … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – A Face on Cydonia