Friday, July 31, 2020


Some pros and cons about writing a series.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Writing Middle Grade

The first golden rule of writing middle is grade is to see the world through their eyes, not yours.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Query Tips

When you're ready to query, here are some tips for you to consider.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dialogue Mistakes

Here are eight ways you may be bungling your dialogue.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Narrative vs. Expository Nonfiction

How do two of the major types of nonfiction writing, expository and narrative, compare?

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Grammar Checkers

If you need help with your grammar, here's a list of programs to help you.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Story Decisions

Small decisions in your story can have a huge impact.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Evaluating Publishing Contracts

Make sure you're not sabotaging yourself when signing a publishing contract.

Inciding Incident

How do you show the event that sparks the rest of your novel?  

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Comp Titles

Do you need to include comparative titles in your query and, if so, how do you find them?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Word Choice

Your choice of words affects many aspects of your storytelling.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Peer Critiques vs. Professional Editing

How do you know whether you should get a professional editor for your work?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Virtual Book Launches

Here are some tips to make your virtual book launch more memorable.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Agency Contracts

What should you look for (or avoid) in an literary agent contract?

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Describing Locations

Even if you've never been to the location your book is set in, you need to get all the details correct.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Structural Toolbox

One of the many toolboxes you need as a writer is a structural one, to identify and fix your stories.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Clarity in Writing

If the information is not on the page, your readers don't know it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Here are eight ways not to begin your novel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Young Adult

How to tell if you book is or isn't a YA novel.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Author Branding

What is an author brand and how do you develop one?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Revise and Resubmit

What does it really mean when an agent asks you to revise your manuscript and resubmit it?

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Author Contracts

What are the most important points you should look for in an agent or publisher contract?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Character Grids

Character grids can help you keep track of what your characters are doing and feeling in each part of your story.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Literary Executor

You need to decide who has control over what is done with your books after you die.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Map Building

Although you might think you only need to map build your world when writing fantasy, it helps to do so in realistic fiction, too.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Two Main Characters

How do you craft your story when you have more than one main character?

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Believable Dialogue

Your readers won't identify with your characters if their dialogue doesn't sound realistic.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Character Development

Round out your characters by including these traits.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Power of Pronouns

Using pronouns, if done well, is a powerful shortcut for our readers.

Active Verbs

Use active verbs to bring your writing to life.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Picture Book Endings

Ending a picture book is not as simple as writing, "the end."