Monday, October 31, 2022

Tropes and Archetypes

 When does a trope or archetype become a cliche?

Sunday, October 30, 2022


 There are many different options to starting your story.

Saturday, October 29, 2022


Storybeats or milestones are like a skeleton for your story. 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Work for Hire

 Are you interested in IP work and book packaging?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Rhetorical Questions

 Can rhetorical questions help you dive deeper into your character's emotions?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Internal Conflict

 There are many techniques to show a character's internal conflict.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Fantasy Picture Books

 How can you write a fantasy picture book that feels fresh?

Monday, October 24, 2022

Themes and Symbols

 How can you use symbols to help show your book's themes?

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Opening Chapter

 What should you accomplish in your opening chapter?

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Many Characters

 How do you and your readers keep track if your book has a large cast of characters.

University Presses

 Sometimes the best publisher for your book is a university press.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Plot Fails

 Here are some reasons that your plot isn't working.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Scene Titles

Giving titles to your scene makes it easier to write your novel.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Getting an Offer of Representation

 Here are some mistakes to avoid in the excitement of receiving an offer of representation from an agent.

Monday, October 17, 2022

First Chapters

 Here are seven key elements to include in your first chapter.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Children's vs. Adult Books

 Just because the main character in a book is a child, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a book for children.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Funny Picture Books

 What's funny in a picture book often depends on the age of the target audience.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Proactive Protagonists

 By keeping your protagonist proactive, you'll keep the plot of your story moving.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Present or Past Tense

 There are various things to consider when choosing whether to write in the present or the past tense.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022


 The more complicated your story or amount of world building needed, the more backstory you'll have to included.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Social Media for Writers

 How can being on social media help you as a writer?

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Powerful Scenes

 What do you need to put in your scenes to make them more powerful?

Saturday, October 8, 2022


 What is subtext and what is it's purpose?

Friday, October 7, 2022

Minor Characters

 How do you write your minor characters to make them matter to your story?

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Word Count Issues

 Here are some tips and tricks to either increase or decrease your word count if it's too low or too high.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Deep Point of View

 Is it always better to use a deep point of view?

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Emotional Scenes

 How to write emotional scenes that don't sound like purple prose.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Point of View Character

Follow these two suggestions to stay focused on your point of view character.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Fluff Words

 Here are some words you can cut to tighten up your manuscript.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Hybrid Publishing

 The IBPA has guidelines for evaluating hybrid publishers.