Friday, May 31, 2013

Writing Advice

Here are some hints you might always want to follow.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Conference Commandments

Before you go to a conference, make a list like this of reminders to yourself.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Multiple POVs

How to handle scene transitions when you have more than one point of view.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Press Kits

Press kits put information about you and your books all in one place.

Monday, May 27, 2013

How Not to Begin Your Novel

Literary agents weigh in on what they don't want to see on your first few pages.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sensory Research

Bring your story alive by using all five senses to do your research.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorable Dialogue

Good dialogue makes for a book you can't put down.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Writing Contest Scams

Here are a few myths about writing contests.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Conference Expectations

Conferences can help move your writing career along, but make sure you keep your expectations in check.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Benefits of Having an Agent

Not everyone needs an agent, but you should know what an agent can do for you before you decide.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Building Chapters

Chapters need to move your story forward.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fantasy Pitfalls

It's easy to make these mistakes when you create a new world.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013


If you've forgotten (or never learned), the different types of poems, this list is for you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pitch Sessions

Prepare using these dos and don'ts.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

These ten techniques will help make your stories and characters unique.

Monday, May 6, 2013

How Much Research

Even if you're writing contemporary realistic fiction, you still need to research aspects of your story.

Three-Act Structure

Here's a straightforward of the classic three-act structure of a novel.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


You might want to avoid these storytelling cliches.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Information Dumps

Your reader doesn't need to know everything about your characters and setting in the first few pages of your novel.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Creating Characters

In order to differentiate the people in your book, you need to give them unique characteristics.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Diversity and Sidekicks

Don't always relegate your minority characters to be friends instead of te main characters.