Where do writers get their ideas? That’s a good question, one that varies from writer to writer. I’ve had ideas spring up from dreams, conversations, from reading novels, and all manner of sources. But how can you generate ideas when the well is dry? I was asking myself this today and decided to research the… Continue reading Novel Idea Generation—Tips & Tricks
Category: Writing Tools
Best of Blog: Round Up!
Repost from Literary Agent, Carly Watters.
I spent 5+ years on this blog and I haven’t posted in awhile, but I wanted to share a great round up of some of my top posts throughout the years.
I think I’ve made this place a good launch pad for authors’ careers answering questions about all aspects of the writing and publishing arenas.
Let me know which articles were most helpful to you!
Top Tips for Writing / Editing:
On characters 30 questions to ask your main character.
On comparison to other writers 6 Tips on why writers shouldn’t (but might) compare themselves to others, and why they shouldn’t (what they should do).
On category and genre. Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? Helping writers understand the difference between these three categories so that they can market and sell (or query) their book better.
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Dear Writing Community, I Need Your Help!
This is not an editorial request.I'm in search of a Mentor/Book Coach willing to help out an emerging author through the plotting/outlining process. I'm a terrible plotter! The ideas and characters are swirling around in my mind and on the page but every attempt to identify my plot points goes sour. I don't know which… Continue reading Dear Writing Community, I Need Your Help!
Novel Outline Cheat Sheet AND Novel Excerpt
For some reason, I can read every plot structure and outlining book and article, listen to a hoard of audiobooks, YouTube videos and classes, yet somehow outlining remains a challenge for me. My inner novelist has a natural grasp of plot structure and I've been able to "pants" (write a novel without plotting, by the… Continue reading Novel Outline Cheat Sheet AND Novel Excerpt