News: I’m Moving!

Hey, everybody! I have news: I’m moving to Ireland for university!  I’m so excited for this new adventure, and I wanted to share it with all of you! I’ll be going to Queens University Belfast for architecture, starting in the fall! I’ve never lived away from home before (I’m only seventeen, for any new readers)... Continue Reading →

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Easter-Egg Writing Tag

Hey, everybody! To celebrate Easter, I've decided to do my own Easter-Egg Writing Tag! I'll tag anybody who wants to join in on these character questions! Rules: -link back to this original post -tag some other writers (as many as you like) -let's keep it clean 🙂 Let's get started--have fun! Which Character Believed the... Continue Reading →

How to Pick a Story Idea

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 →

Beta Testing Your Novel

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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.

The Basics

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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What Should I Write About?

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 →

4 Tips For Writing About Mental Health

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 →

What Genre is Your Book?

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

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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.

Relatability

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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How to Create Your Writing Playlist

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 →

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