Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pitches and Blurbs

Here are some tips for when you're pitching or blurbing your book.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Story Essentials

What are the basic building blocks of a story?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Deep Point of View

Writing in deep point of view is removes the narrative distance as much as possible.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cutting Words

There are many words and scenes you can cut to tighten up your writing.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Character Description

Here are eleven tips about how to write an effect character description.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Show, Don't Tell

We've all heard that we should show and not tell in our writing, but how do you do that?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Middle Grade or Young Adult

How do you tell if your story if a middle grade or a young adult novel?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Final Chapters

You may have written the best novel ever, but if it doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion, your readers will be unhappy.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Literary Agent Etiquette

Following these rules will help you make your best impression on a literary agent.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Action Scenes

Here are five hints to increase the pacing in your action scenes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thoughts About Being Published

These are some things to consider if your dream is to become a published author.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

First Chapter

Here are some do's and don'ts to consider when writing that first chapter.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Character Outlines

Here's a way to outline your novel based on what's going on with your characters throughout the story.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Middle Grade Novels

Everything you wanted to know about writing a middle grade novel.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fatal Flaws

How do you identify your characters' fatal flaws that present barriers to achieving what they want?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Market vs. Your Interests

How do you figure out where your passion intersects with the current publishing market?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Getting Blurbs

How do you ask people to write a blurb for the back cover of your book?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Story Theme

Are you struggling to figure out the theme of your novel?

Monday, February 10, 2020

Author Visits

Here are some of the benefits, and also the challenges, of school visits.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Revise and Resubmit

Congratulations, you've received an invitation to revise and resubmit your manuscript, but now what?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Picture Book Openings

Here's a list of ways to begin your picture book along with mentor text examples.

Friday, February 7, 2020


As a writer, it is vitally important that you have your work backed up--things happen.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Receiving Advice

Here are three indications that you might be ignoring the advice you're getting on your manuscript.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Literary Agents

What does a literary agent do for you and your career?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Self Editing

When you're editing, start with the big picture and work your way down.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Scene Building

Build your scenes, brick by brick, from the ground up.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Pen Names

Under what circumstances should you consider using a pen name?