5 Tips For Writing the Past

Last week I talked about the future, so I figured that it's only natural to talk about the past this week. These are my five most important tips for writing the past, so let's get started! #1: Do Make The Speech Robotic I notice this a lot in historical fiction, and it really takes away from... Continue Reading →

Self-Publishing: Pros & Cons

As I've begun the process of professional editing, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my reasons for self-publishing. I'm not self-publishing because I'm lazy or impatient--I've been working on this book for five years, so trust me, I want what's best for it. I'm not self-publishing because I'm worried about... Continue Reading →

Outline Your Novel & Stay Creative

To outline or not to outline? There's a big debate between writers. Some argue that it takes away the creativity of writing. Personally, I love outlining. It creates a tighter story and characters, which means less work revising. But, aside from those benefits, I actually--gasp--enjoy outlining. I outline in a way that still makes me... Continue Reading →

Writing Abilities & Magic

Superpowers can be a great addition to the adventure and thrill of your novel, but they need to be used correctly. There are lots of factors to consider when writing them, so let's jump right in! Role to Plot First, you need to know what role it's going to play in the plot of your... 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 →

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 →

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