Thursday, December 31, 2020

Word Choice

 Here are some things to look for in choosing that perfect word.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Plot Structures

 Look past the traditional plot structures to see if any of these would work for your story.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Picture Books

 Twenty questions to ask yourself when you're writing or revising a picture book.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Middle-grade Voice

 How can you  nail that authentic middle-grade voice.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Chapter Books

 Links to everything you wanted to know about chapter books.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Using Specifics in Your Story

 Contrary to what you might think, giving specific details in your story will make it more universal.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Story Elements

 What elements combine together to create a story?

Thursday, December 24, 2020


 Keep your story moving and your readers engaged by upping the pacing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


 You can avoid infodumps by using these hints to weave the information you need to give into your story.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Big Words

 A big word must be two things: the right word and the best word.

Monday, December 21, 2020

First Chapter

 Here are some do's and don'ts for your first chapter.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Plot Structures

 Even if you're a pantser, you still need to think about your novel's plot.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Middle-grade Novels

Middle-grade books are popular with kids, and here are some hints about writing them.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Science Writing

 Here's an extensive list of links helpful to those who want to write about science for kids.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Show, Don't Tell

 We've all heard the adage to show, don't tell, but how do you do that?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Positioning Your Nonfiction

 How do you narrow the focus of your nonfiction?

Monday, December 14, 2020


 Jazz up your writing by including sound words.


Sunday, December 13, 2020


 Here are six ways you can speed up the pace of your book.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Multiple Speakers

 If you have multiple people speaking, you need to make sure your reader knows who is talking.

Friday, December 11, 2020

A Novel's Middle

 Here are two approaches to move your novel's stuck middle along.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Resending a Query

 Is it okay to revise a query and resend before hearing back from an agent?

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Overwritten Opening Scenes

 You don't have to give your readers every bit of backstory in your opening scenes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Book Launch Prep

 Before your book comes out, make sure you've checked these essential steps.

Monday, December 7, 2020


 Here are five ideas of how to up the tension in your story.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Protagonist's Origin Story

 Sidewriting your main character's origin story gives you insight into character, even if most of the writing doesn't end up in the final manuscript.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Comp Titles

 Reading comparable titles are useful both before you write your book, and also when you query.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Distant Settings

 Here are some tips for writing settings, especially ones you're not as familiar with.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Author Brands

 As an author, do you need a brand, and if so, how do you figure out what it is?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Filter Words

 Using filtering words distances your reader from your story.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Common Writing Mistakes

 Here are five common problems to look for when revising.