For Plotters & Pantsers: Easy Strategies to Organize Your Novel Like an Expert

For those of you who have taken up the lofty goal of writing whole books, you’ve likely realized that writing thousands of words is vastly different than the kind of writing you did back in school. Whether you are a plotter, a panster, or fall somewhere in between, you are going to find that you need some way to keep your work organized. Good organization will save you so much time and energy in the long run. This blog post shows my strategy for staying organized, which I developed after feeling completely lost in trying to resolve all the plot holes in my 75k YA fantasy novel. … More For Plotters & Pantsers: Easy Strategies to Organize Your Novel Like an Expert

On Writing & Agency: Easy Strategies to Make Sure Your Characters Have It

Does the main character in your novel have agency? Continue reading to find out! Many years ago, I remember getting my feedback from a writing judge after entering one of my first writing competitions – “I was intrigued…there are some strong elements here…yada, yada…but your main character lacks agency, so you were not selected.” After … More On Writing & Agency: Easy Strategies to Make Sure Your Characters Have It

On Writing Emotion: Avoid These Common Pitfalls

In my blog post 6 Tips to Write Your Novel in the Vibrant Way Your Brain Imagined It, my fifth tip discussed implying emotions rather than explicitly stating them. This post will focus specifically on tip #5 and goes deeper into why explicitly stating emotions can weaken your writing. First, let’s talk a bit about … More On Writing Emotion: Avoid These Common Pitfalls

A Few Easy Strategies to Remove Those Pesky Filter Words that Fog Up Your Writing

Have you ever been watching a sport’s game from seats that didn’t give you a good view of the action? Or perhaps your seat was behind a lady wearing a purple, floofy hat that almost touched you every time she shifted. Talk about annoying. Neither of these make for good experiences. Too much distance and/or … More A Few Easy Strategies to Remove Those Pesky Filter Words that Fog Up Your Writing

6 Tips to Write Your Novel in the Vibrant Way Your Brain Imagined It

You know those memes that show two pictures – one of what you think you look like when doing xyz and one of what you actually look like when doing xyz? That’s the way I feel sometimes when writing. My story is clear in my mind, but when someone else reads it, the picture gets … More 6 Tips to Write Your Novel in the Vibrant Way Your Brain Imagined It