Widget Images Are Here!

So I recently had a suggestion that I create image widgets about my book coaching so they can be put in sidebars, so I did. Thanks, Trix!   You're welcome to copy them and post them on your own site, Facebook, etc. Thank you all so much for your interest and support! Copyright 2017 Andrea … Continue reading Widget Images Are Here!

4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

In writing, we're told to "kill our darlings" and get rid of the bits of writing we love if they don't serve the story. But what if we could those little scenes and transform them into something useful, incorporating the elements that are near and dear to our heart with the plot? It won't always … Continue reading 4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

Introducing Blurb and Summary Coaching!

Today a new service joins the Book Coaching portfolio--Blurb and Summary Coaching. It's designed to give authors feedback on their blurbs (the paragraph or two that goes on the back cover) or their full page summaries (used primarily for agents and publishers), and for this month, both services will be half off. So if your … Continue reading Introducing Blurb and Summary Coaching!

Plotting a Novel is Like Playing a Game of Rummy

I've been thinking a lot about plotting lately (as my works-in-progress have been at that stage), and it occurred to me that it's kind of like a game, played between reader and writer. In some ways, it reminds me of the game of rummy, where the goal is to collect a certain group of cards--so … Continue reading Plotting a Novel is Like Playing a Game of Rummy

Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

Not so long ago, I came across narration in which the dialogue tags were all but gone, reminding me of the format for plays. It went a bit like this: Bob: Do you really think that's necessary? Jane: It's high time we did something. Bob: So... Jane: We act now. And it reminded me how … Continue reading Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

A to Z Challenge 2017: Theme Reveal

So today is the day the A to Z Challenge bloggers are doing their official theme reveal, and here's mine: I'm going to have 26 installments of a fantasy story aimed to demonstrate what a writer shouldn't do...though we'll see exactly how successful I'll be. I'm getting rather attached to the characters, so they may … Continue reading A to Z Challenge 2017: Theme Reveal

Why I Don’t Often Re-Read Fantasy

I read a lot of fantasy novels. Of the books I read, that genre and the classics (usually things written before the 20th century) are the most read, but I've noticed that I don't reread fantasy that much. I think about it. I plan to reread it. I own the books in question. But I … Continue reading Why I Don’t Often Re-Read Fantasy

Deals on All Things Writerly!

Just wanted to share a link for half priced gift certificates from book cover designers, editors, and other providers of writing services. My book coaching is listed there as well, so if you were looking for a deal off a larger package (one long novel or perhaps two or three shorter ones), you can find … Continue reading Deals on All Things Writerly!

What Book Coaching Can Do For You

Have you ever been writing along and wished you could find out if your description made sense? If it was too wordy or uninformative? If your dialogue was true to character, your novel the right length, the plot coherent? Such questions are not the sign that one is a "bad writer," for even good writers … Continue reading What Book Coaching Can Do For You

It Sometimes Takes a Draft…or Two or Three or…

Given how last month was NaNoWriMo, there may be many of you who have a rough draft of a story on hand. Or you may not have gotten that far. You may have characters but no plot, too many version of the plot, or a plot with no strong characters. Wherever you are in the … Continue reading It Sometimes Takes a Draft…or Two or Three or…