So, you've already got loads of ideas, you're super pumped to write...But, which one? Many writers struggle to choose between their ideas, and then end up writing nothing at all! It's important to choose and get writing, so here are three questions to help you out! What's the Most Developed? Take a look at your... Continue Reading →
I’ve recently finished finished my revisions after beta-testing my novel, Outliers, so I thought it would be a good time to share my process and some tips for beta-testing your own novel. Beta-testing has helped me a great deal with improving my novel, and I’m excited to say that I’m starting with professional editing at the beginning of February! My beta-readers have been wonderful, and hopefully this advice will help you to make the most of your beta-testing, too.
Beta-testing is essentially having other people read your book and give you constructive feedback before the professional edit. This should be done when your book is at the best you can make it on your own, not at it’s first draft. You should be at a point where you’re confident in your story, and not embarrassed to share it with others. And by others, that does not mean…
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A lot of people struggle with this. I have the drive to write, I've learned a bunch of writing techniques, I've made room in my schedule...But what should I write about? Getting a story idea is kind of important for writing a story, so I'm here to give you 5 tips for coming up with... Continue Reading →
Hey, everybody! Mental health issues impact a lot of people, and it’s important to represent them accurately in fiction. Here are some tips to help you write about mental health—let’s get started! Motivation What’s your motivation for writing about mental health issues? Is it to eliminate stigmas? Provide clarity? Be realistic to your characters and... Continue Reading →
Hey, everybody! How you categorize and promote your book is crucial to making it successful, so today we're going to talk about selecting that all-important genre for your book! Let's jump right in! Look At Similar Titles What are some titles with a similar story/feel to your book? While I'm sure your story is fantastic... Continue Reading →
Subplots are plots in a story that are separate from the main plot. They add character development and get the reader more invested in the story. Subplots are what can make your readers cry like babies, or punch the air in victory.
Subplots give the reader more connection to the story and characters because they have a more relatable plot. For example, a subplot could be the main character’s mom dying, trying to keep up with school grades, pursuing a romantic relationship with somebody, etc. These plots impact the main character, not just physically, but emotionally. This allows the reader to empathize with them, which means they will be more invested in how the main plot works out for them.
For example, let’s take two stories. Story 1: A young woman is trying her hardest to get into university and eventually gets accepted for a school overseas. Story 2:…
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Hey, everybody! Wondering how to create the perfect playlist for when you write? This is how I create mine! Multiple Playlists I don’t just have one playlist when I write—I make a bunch! I have playlists for various scenes and emotions. I have an angry playlist, a sad playlist, a combat playlist, a victory playlist,... Continue Reading →
The title is one of the most crucial things to your book’s success. It can draw readers in, or send them away, so it’s important you choose it carefully. These are the things to keep in mind when deciding the title of your book–the things I most considered when choosing the title for my novel, Outliers.
The title needs to mean something to your book. You aren’t going to name your book “Apple”, if it never mentions the fruit once, right? Choose a meaning that reflects your story well. Think about what important words, themes, and symbols are mentioned a lot in your book. For my novel, (to be published this summer!) one of the main reasons I chose the title Outliers, is that an Outlier is a number that stands out, and is often expelled from data. The protagonist and other characters with special abilities…
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Hello, everybody! One of the biggest complaints I hear about not being able to get writing done is distractions, so that's what we're going to talk about today! Here are some tips to help avoid being distracted and get your work done! #1: Music Now, I'll start by saying that I'm lucky enough to not... Continue Reading →