Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Narrative Drive

Here's a handy checklist to keep the narrative in your story moving forward. 


Monday, June 29, 2020

Building an Author Brand in Difficult Times

How do you promote your author brand when many traditional avenues are unavailable? 


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Anecdotal Writing

How to avoid the dreaded this happened, then this happened, then this happened, in your writing.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Author Platform

What is an author platform and how can you make yours stronger? 


Friday, June 26, 2020

Virtual Visits

How to look and sound your best when doing a virtual visit. 


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Book Series

Here are four principles to consider when you're writing a series. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Publishing Contracts

Whether or not you have an agent, you need to understand publishing contracts. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Picture Book Revision

Here are five quick tips for revising your picture book, starting with cut like an illustrator. 


Monday, June 22, 2020

Middle Grade Novels

Here are three key components in a middle grade novel. 


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Limited Research Materials

How do you craft a true story when there are not a lot of primary and secondary sources? 


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Point of View

The pros and cons of using each of the different points of view in your writing. 


Friday, June 19, 2020

Planning a Scene

Here are some questions to ask when blueprinting a scene. 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Increase the Action in Your Novel

Here are a few hints to make your readers anxious to turn the page. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Number of Characters

Is your book confusing because you have too many named characters? 


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Pen Names

Reasons to use, and not to use, a pen name when writing. 


Monday, June 15, 2020

Action Beats

Instead of always using dialogue tags, you can use action beats to indicate who is talking. 


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Finding an Agent

There are many resources you can use to narrow down your search to find the right literary agent for you and your book. 


Saturday, June 13, 2020


Having multiple plotlines can add dimension to your novel.


Friday, June 12, 2020

Book Titles

Often, the title of your book will change before publication. 


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Virtual Book Launches

There are many ways to move your book launch online. 


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Killing Your Darlings

Here are some hints to identify and get rid of those parts of your manuscript that you love, but do nothing to advance your story.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Realistic Dialogue

Writing realistic dialogue doesn't mean you should make it sound exactly like people talk in real life. 


Monday, June 8, 2020

Sunday, June 7, 2020

In Media Res

We've all heard the advice to start your book in media res, but how do you do that while still having your readers invested in your characters?


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Word Counts

Here are some general guidelines for the words counts of different categories and genres of books. 


Friday, June 5, 2020

Novel Outline

Here's a template you can use in outlining your novel. 


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Publisher Edits

There are three types of edits your book will receive, sometimes known by different names: macro, line, and copy. 


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Character's Thoughts

Do you italicize a character's internal thoughts or not? 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Plotting Your Plot

Even if you're a pantser, a little bit of plotting will make your writing go more smoothly.