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 "What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names" For me, it's definitely coming up with a book title. Because … Continue reading How to Pick a Character’s Name
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?
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
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 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: Clayton Barnett Genre: Romance-Horror-SciFi Title: Cursed Hearts Original Blurb: Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts
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