5 Steps To Analyzing Beta Feedback

We've talked about the beta-testing process, so now it's time to take a look at the feedback you've collected. You need to figure out how to use the feedback to make your novel better, but it can be hard to know where to start. So, I'm going to share with you my 5 steps for... Continue Reading →

Beta Testing Your Novel

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... Continue Reading →

Revision & Editing: Not Optional

I know many writers think they can get away without revising or editing their work, or don’t know they need to, but trust me; it’s not a step you should try and skip. I’m speaking as somebody that knew nothing about revision or editing when I first started, and I came close to embarrassment. My... Continue Reading →

How To Emotionally Ruin Readers

Do you want to make your readers cry? Shout in frustration? Grin from ear to ear? You need to learn how to evoke emotion through your writing. These are some tips to help you evoke all kinds of emotions in your writing. Simple or Elaborate? "Write hard and clear about what hurts"-Ernest Hemingway. I couldn't... Continue Reading →

10 Common Cliches In Fiction

What is a cliché, anyway? When it comes to fiction, a cliché is something overused and betraying lack of originality, typically in the form of phrases, characterizations, and plot-points. These are ten common clichés I've noticed in fiction as a whole, but it's worth noting that Young Adult fiction tends to be especially guilty of... Continue Reading →

Character Creation & Development

Characters should be three dimensional for the most part. If they are significant at all, then you need to take the time to develop them into real people. There should be more to them than just stock personalities/groups. Sure, you could write the stereotypical 'jock' as your antagonist, with nothing more to them than being... Continue Reading →

Subplots

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... Continue Reading →

Dialogue

Dialogue is an extremely important aspect of your story. In general, it should usually take up about half of your book. It provides needed white-space for readers, which gives their eyes a break and helps to keep them reading. It should move the plot forward or develop character (don't use filler). The main thing to... Continue Reading →

Underwriters: Raising Word-count

I have noticed that most people seem to be over-writers. Being an under-writer myself, I always found it hard to find posts on raising word-count rather than lowering it. Now, after digging through the web for some advice and doing a lot of work on my own, I've more than doubled my word-count for my... Continue Reading →

Teen Writers

It can be hard to be a writer in your teens, but you can’t let your age limit you. You will have some challenges most writers don’t have. You will also have some advantages, too. This is some advice based on the lessons I’ve learned as a teenaged writer.  Be Your Own Motivation Not only... Continue Reading →

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