Friday, July 12, 2024

Typing Up Other People's Manuscripts

 Typing up other people's manuscripts can help you to internalize how pacing works.

'https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/06/five-reasons-to-type-up-other-writers.html

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Character Names

 How do you choose the perfect names for your characters?

https://janefriedman.com/how-naming-a-character-is-like-naming-a-child/

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Short Stories

 Collections of short stories for kids are becoming more popular.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/05/how-to-write-short-stories-for-kid.html

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Synopsis

 Here are four steps to perfecting your synopsis, no matter the length.

https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/taming-the-synopsis-4-steps-for-perfecting-one-page-and-long-form-synopses

Monday, July 8, 2024

Your Life in Your Writing

 There are many aspects of your life that can add to your writing.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/put-your-life-into-your-writing/

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Newsletters

 What type of content should you include in your newsletterf?

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/05/your-author-illustrator-andor.html

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Critique Groups

 There are many types of critique groups, both good and bad.

https://marciastrykowski.com/2024/05/24/critique-groups-feedback-101/

Friday, July 5, 2024

Social Media Tips

 Here are some social media tips that withstand the test of time.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/05/social-media-tips-that-stand-test-of.html

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Tone

 Here are 155 words to describe an author's tone.

https://www.writerswrite.co.za/155-words-to-describe-an-authors-tone/

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Self vs. Traditional Publishing

 How do you decide whether self or traditional publishing is for you?

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/05/self-publishing-vs-traditional-publishing-how-to-choose

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Backstory

 How do you write compelling, not boring, backstories?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/05/behind-the-scenes-how-to-craft-compelling-backstory/

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Inner Conflict

 How do you write compelling inner conflict?

https://janefriedman.com/how-to-write-compelling-inner-conflict/

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Query Letters

 Here's how to nail your query letter.

http://www.literaryrambles.com/2024/05/how-to-nail-your-query-letter-by-rose.html

Friday, June 28, 2024

Freelance Editors

 Is it worthwhile to use a freelance editor and how do you find a good one?

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/05/the-truth-about-freelance-editors-this-week-in-books

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Kid's Mysteries

 Here are three tips for writing mysteries for kids.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/05/3-tips-for-writing-mystery-for-kids.html

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Book Marketing Misconceptions

 Implement the book marketing activities that help your sales.

https://janefriedman.com/3-book-marketing-misconceptions-and-what-to-do-instead/

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Industry Standards

 If you're independently publishing, you'll want to make sure your book follows these industry standards.

https://www.ibpa-online.org/page/standards-checklist-download

Monday, June 24, 2024

Story Endings

 Use these tips to troubleshoot your story's ending.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/troubleshooting-your-storys-ending/

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Ensemble Casts

 How do you structure your ensemble cast with plotlines?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/05/structuring-an-ensemble-cast-with-plotlines/

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Writing Elements

 Use these five elements of writing to immerse your reader in your story.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/05/using-the-5-elements-of-writing-to-immerse-readers/

Friday, June 21, 2024

Literary Agent Etiquette

 There are some basic rules of etiquette you should follow when interacting with an agent.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2018/05/a-guide-to-literary-agent-etiquette

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Types of Scenes

 Here are eight different types of scenes.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/8-different-types-of-scenes/

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Editing

 There are various types of editing involved in getting your story publishing ready.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/indie-publishing-101-all-things-editing/

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Negative Space

 What is negative space in a story and how do you use it?

https://janefriedman.com/defining-negative-space-in-story/

Monday, June 17, 2024

Copyrights

 What are copyrights and how do they work in practice?

https://groggorg.blogspot.com/2024/05/a-question-of-copyright-by-fran-hodgkins.html

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Marketing Plan

Creating a marketing plan you can actually follow.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/05/creating-marketing-plan-that-doesnt.html

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Prologues

 When do you need (and not need) a prologue?

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/love-or-hate-em-sometimes-a-prologue-is-needed/

Friday, June 14, 2024

Saggy Middles

 How do you eliminate the saggy middle of your story?

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/dead-zone-ahead-the-sagging-middle/

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Great Characters

 Here are 19 tips to develop great characters.

https://pshoffman.com/character-creation/how-to-write-addicting-characters/

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Picture Book Word Count

 Here are some tips to reduce the word count in your picture book.

https://kidlitworks.com/revision-tips-to-reduce-picture-book-word-count/

Monday, June 10, 2024

New York Times Bestsellers

What criteria are used to get a book on the New York Times bestseller lists?

https://literaticat.tumblr.com/post/750008907319099392/with-the-nyt-best-seller-list-only-being-the-top

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Character's Impact on Plot

 Know your characters by examining their impact on the plot.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-5-impact-on-plot/

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Small Presses

 Here are some things to consider before submitting to a small (or even big) press.

https://janefriedman.com/your-small-press-submission-checklist/

Friday, June 7, 2024

Character Reactions

 Here are some character reactions--both positive and negative.

https://www.goodstorycompany.com/blog/list-of-character-reactions

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Self Publishing

 Here are some questions to ask yourself before self publishing.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/the-most-important-question-to-ask-before-you-indie-publish/

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Character Setup

 There are several emotions you need to setup for your character at the start of your book.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/04/three-essentials-for-engaging-reader-emotion-in-the-setup/

Publicists

 Here's what you need to know when working with a publicist.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/the-dos-and-donts-of-working-with-a-publicist/

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Social Media

 Here are some observations about using social media in marketing.

https://writerunboxed.com/2024/04/04/a-grumpy-millenials-guide-to-book-promo/

Monday, June 3, 2024

Audience

 The audience for your book is not "everyone."

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/do-you-know-your-audience/

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024

ISBNs

 If you self-publish, do you need to get an ISBN?

https://writtenwell.com/do-i-need-an-isbn-number/

Friday, May 31, 2024

Character Skills

 Make your characters stand out by giving them a skill.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2022/01/want-your-characters-to-stand-out/

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Story Beginnings

 Here are some aspects of plot you need to consider when opening your story,.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/checklist-for-beginning-your-story-plot-considerations/

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Fact in Fiction

 How factual does your fiction have to be?

https://writersrumpus.com/2024/04/16/fiction-isnt-fact-right/

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Book Signing

 What should you write when you sign books?

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/4-story-moments-that-dont-need-conflict/

Monday, May 27, 2024

Conflict?

 There are some times in your story where you don't need to include conflict.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/4-story-moments-that-dont-need-conflict/

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Writer's Block

 Here are some suggestions to help you break out of your writer's block.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/04/when-writers-block-hits.html

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Story Bibles

 Creating a story bible will help you avoid continuity mistakes in your writing.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/04/top-story-world-and-story-bible-tips/

Friday, May 24, 2024

Substack vs. Blogging

 Which is better--substack newsletters or blogging?

https://annerallen.com/2024/04/substack-vs-blogging/

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Planning Your Novels

 Here are four strategies to use in planning your novel.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/05/4-planning-strategies-to-write-a-compelling-novel/

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Character Talents

 Giving your characters distince talents will help your reader to differentiate them.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/05/differentiate-your-character-with-a-talent-or-skill/

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

Opening Scenes

 Here are four goals of what to include in your opening scenes.

https://janefriedman.com/avoid-persevere-endure-fight-4-goals-for-unforgettable-opening-scenes/

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Graphic Novels

 Here's an example of creating a graphic novel including tips.

https://terrilibenson.com/how-i-create-a-graphic-novel-including-tips/

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Comp Titles

 There's no need to stress over comp titles.

https://darlingaxe.com/blogs/news/comp-title-stress

Friday, May 17, 2024

Lyrical Writing

 Here are some way to make both fiction and nonfiction more lyrical.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2024/04/22/mira-instead-of-book-winners/

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Read Your Manuscript Aloud

 Reading your manuscript aloud is a great tool to use when revising.

https://janefriedman.com/a-writers-secret-weapon-add-a-listening-pass-to-your-editing-arsenal/

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Emotional Responses

 It's very easy for the emotional responses in your writing to be cliches.

https://annerallen.com/2019/05/avoid-cliched-emotional-responses/

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

First Drafts

 First drafts are often a mess, but you need to start somewhere.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/the-torment-and-bliss-of-the-crappy-first-draft/

Monday, May 13, 2024

Querying Tips

 Here are some suggestions for getting an agent.

https://dianaurban.com/tips-authors-querying-literary-agents

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Flashbacks

 Here are some reasons that your flashbacks aren't working.

https://janefriedman.com/why-your-flashbacks-arent-working/


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Book Promotion

 How to feel good about promoting your book.

https://annerallen.com/2024/04/promoting-a-book/

Friday, May 10, 2024

Setting

 There are four basic types of story settings.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-choose-story-settings/

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Deep Editing

 Here are some deep-editing tips to help make your writing shine.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/writing-fast-or-slow-deep-editing-is-the-way-to-go/


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Conflict

 Are you making this mistake when adding conflict to your manuscript?

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/are-you-making-this-conflict-mistake/

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Literary Celebrations

 Check out this list of literary celebrations and holidays.

https://www.carriefinison.com/for-writers/literary-celebrations-and-holidays/

Monday, May 6, 2024

Literary Celebrations

 Literary celebrations are a great excuse to promote your books.

https://www.carriefinison.com/for-writers/literary-celebrations-and-holidays/

Sunday, May 5, 2024

New to Children's Writing

 Here are five things to do if you're new to kidlit.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/04/5-things-to-do-if-youre-new-to-kidlit.html

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Amateur or Pro Writer?

 Here are eight steps to make the transition from a hobbyist writer to a pro.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/03/8-steps-from-amateur-to-pro-writer/

Friday, May 3, 2024

Show Don't Tell?

 We've all heard the rule to show don't tell, but is it always true?

https://annerallen.com/2024/03/show-dont-tell-can-be-dangerous-advice/

Thursday, May 2, 2024

First Pages

 What information do you need to give your readers in your opening pages?

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/03/the-pain-of-first-pages/

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Continuing a Series

 When you continue a series, you need to remind your readers of what happened in previous books.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/03/continuing-a-series-is-this-info-too-repetitive/

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Event Contracts

 Should you use a contract for your events, and what should you include in it?

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2024/01/event-contracts-for-authors.html

Monday, April 29, 2024

Introducing Characters

 Here are six tips about how to introduce characters to make them memorable and interesting.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/introducing-characters/

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Impromptu Book Signings

 Is it okay to sign books in a bookstore if it hasn't been prearranged?

https://writerunboxed.com/2024/03/15/impromptu-book-signings/

Friday, April 26, 2024

Middle Grade Sales

 Is there really a slump in middle grade sales, and what caused it?

https://fromthemixedupfiles.com/the-middle-grade-slump/

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prologues

How can you tell if your prologue is necessary?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/03/do-you-need-a-prologue-take-the-test/ 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Debut Authors

 Congratulations on your debut book, and here are some tips for you.

http://www.literaryrambles.com/2024/03/ten-tips-for-debut-authors-by-agent.html

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Impersonation Scams

 Don't fall for these scams where they impersonate a real agency or publisher.

https://writerbeware.blog/2024/03/15/the-impersonation-list/

Monday, April 22, 2024

Accessibility on Social Media

 Here are some ways to make sure your social media posts are accessible to all.

https://www.accessliving.org/newsroom/guide-basic-accessibility-on-social-media/

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Submission Ready

 How can you tell if your writing is ready to submit (or publish)?

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/03/how-to-know-when-youre-really-ready-to-submit-or-publish

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Finding Nonfiction Experts

 Make your nonfiction shine by consulting experts in the field.

https://writersrumpus.com/2024/03/15/how-to-write-incredible-nonfiction-find-an-expert/

Friday, April 19, 2024

Self Promotion

 Here are some tips for promoting yourself and your books.

https://follow.it/group-blog/temp/OTI1MDIwNTEx

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Small Publishers

 How do you evaluate a small publisher?

https://janefriedman.com/evaluate-small-publisher/

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Grammar Checkers

 Will using a grammar checker improve your writing?

https://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2024/03/thoughts-on-grammar-checkers.html

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

AI and Writers

 How does your writing career survive the advent of AI?

https://annerallen.com/2024/03/writer-in-the-age-of-ai/

Monday, April 15, 2024

Selling Books at School Visits

 How do you include book sales in your school visits?

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/how-to-sell-books-at-school-visit.html

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Publishing Timeline

 Why does it take so long from when you get an offer on a book until it's published?

https://knliterary.com/2017/06/27/a-publishing-timeline-for-first-time-authors/?r_done=1

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Backstory

 It can be difficult to decide what backstory you need to include in your writing.

https://janefriedman.com/how-do-you-know-what-backstory-to-include/

Friday, April 12, 2024

Naming Characters

 Naming your characters is both fun and challenging.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/03/the-name-game-tips-for-naming-your-characters/

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Author Bios

 What's the secret to crafting a compelling author bio?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/03/the-secret-to-a-compelling-author-bio/

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Author Questionnaires

 Your publisher's publicist will probably have you fill out a questionnaire in order to better market your book.

https://katemckean.substack.com/p/author-questionnaire

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Character Strengths

 One way your readers can get to know your characters is by showing their strengths.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-4-strengths/

Monday, April 8, 2024

Self Promotion

 How do you go about promoting your book and why is it important?

https://groggorg.blogspot.com/2024/03/why-authors-need-to-self-promote-and.html

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Pen Names

 Things to consider if you're thinking about using a pen name.

https://susanuhlig.com/2011/03/double_identity/

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024

Active Protagonists

 Active protagonists will help to engage your readers.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/03/why-protagonists-need-to-be-active

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Scammers

 How can you protect yourself from publishing scammers?

https://annerallen.com/2022/02/publishing-scammers-how-to-stay-safe-2/

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Writing Advice

 One of the best pieces of writing advice is simply to finish your book.

https://countercraft.substack.com/p/the-first-and-best-writing-advice

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Character Flaws

 Introducing flaws helps your readers understand more about your characters.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/03/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-3-flaws/

Monday, April 1, 2024

Word Choice

 The wrong word choice can hurt your writing.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/11/14-words-that-are-hurting-your-writing.html

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Author Voice

 When you're writing in deep point of view, you'll want to remove the author voice from your writing.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/how-to-remove-the-author-voice-for-deep-point-of-view/

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Online Press Kit

 It's important to have an online press kit on your website.

https://janefriedman.com/set-up-the-perfect-online-press-kit/

Friday, March 29, 2024

Finding an Agent

 Here are some tips on finding an agent.

https://www.nffest.com/2024/02/5-tips-for-finding-agent.html

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Writer's Block

 Here are some hacks to break through your writer's block.

https://annerallen.com/2024/02/writers-block-busters/

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Nudging an Agent

 How do you nudge an agent to see if your work is still under consideration?

https://alexadonne.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Agent-Nudge-Examples.pdf

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

Nonfiction Word Counts

 What are the average and range of word counts in nonfiction picture books?

https://kirstenwlarson.com/2024/03/09/results-nonfiction-picture-book-word-count-survey-for-debut-authors/

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Pitching to Media

 How to you pitch your book to media in a way that increases the chance they'll pick it up?

https://insights.bookbub.com/how-to-pitch-book-to-media-steps/

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Substack

 What are the pros and cons for authors of using substack?

https://janefriedman.com/substack-is-both-great-and-terrible-for-authors/

Friday, March 22, 2024

Author Visits

 These seven steps will help you get started with author visits.

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/7-steps-to-get-started-with-author.html

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Blurbs

 How do you ask for a blurb or answer a request for one?

https://katemckean.substack.com/p/how-to-blurb

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Weak Words

Eliminate some of these common weak words to make your story stronger.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/02/five-edits-to-strengthen-your-writing.html

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Braided Storytelling

 When you write, you need to braid together the story elements.

https://www.worldbuilders.ai/p/braided-storytelling

Monday, March 18, 2024

Tropes

 Depending upon how they're used, tropes can either add or detract from your story.

https://janefriedman.com/tropes-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Characters' Knowledge

 Characters can just know things without it having to be spelled out in your text.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/02/characters-can-just-know-things

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Poetry and Nonfiction

 Here are some tips for writing your nonfiction book in verse.

https://www.nffest.com/2024/02/poetry-and-nonfiction-how-does-that-work.html?m=1

Friday, March 15, 2024

Self-Editing

 Before you query with your manuscript, you need to self edit to increase your chance of publication.

https://refiction.com/articles/editing-a-book

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Author Bios on Queries

 What should you include in your author bio when writing a query letter?

https://courtneymaum.substack.com/p/turbocharging-the-bio-section-of

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

School Visits

 This survey show information about school visits, including honoraria.

https://www.donnajanellbowman.com/2024/02/21/school-visit-survey-nuts-bolts-and-uncomfortable-truths/

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Who Reps Whom?

 Here's a list of authors and a link to their agent's website.

https://querytracker.net/clients/

Monday, March 11, 2024

First Paragraph

 Grab your reader in the first paragraph of your book.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/creating-wow-power-in-your-first-paragraph/

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Rejection Letters

 Why don't agents explain their rejection letters?

https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-agents-explain-rejections/

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 How long should each chapter be?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-long-should-a-chapter-be/

Friday, March 8, 2024

Scene Beginnings

 Here are some must-haves for the first few paragraphs of every scene.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/02/four-must-haves-in-the-first-two-paragraphs-of-every-chapter-or-scene/

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Brainstorming Your Plot

 Here's a handy trick for brainstorming your plot.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/a-handy-trick-for-brainstorming-your-plot/

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

In-Person Conferences

 There's something to be said about attending a conference in person.

https://writersrumpus.com/2024/02/09/embracing-connection-the-joy-of-returning-to-in-person-conferences/

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Editors

 How much should it cost to hire an editor for your book?

https://www.marykole.com/book-editing

Monday, March 4, 2024

Voice

 How do you write words that sing?

https://byomentor.com/2019/01/28/voice-writing-words-that-sing/

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Character Personality

 Your characters' personalities help your readers to better understand them.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-2-personality/

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Educational Market

 What's involved in getting a project to write for the educational market?

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2019/01/writing-for-educational-market.html

Friday, March 1, 2024

Narrative Arc

 What is a narrative arc and how does that relate to your storytelling?

https://blog.reedsy.com/narrative-arc/

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Hybrid Publishers

 Here are some red flags to look for when choosing a hybrid publisher.

https://janefriedman.com/hybrid-paid-publishing-red-flags/

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Writing Rules

It's okay to sometimes break the writing rules.

https://janefriedman.com/writing-rules-that-beg-to-be-broken/ 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maximizing Submission Chances

 Here are some tips to maximize your chance of having a successful submission.

https://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2024/02/maximizing-your-submission-chances.html

Monday, February 26, 2024

Relationship Plots

 Where are the turning points in your relationship plot?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/02/mastering-turning-points-in-relationship-plots/

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Author Platform

Having an author platform is not mandatory for marketing most writing.

https://janefriedman.com/author-platform-is-not-a-requirement-to-sell-your-novel-or-childrens-book/ 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Kidlit Nonfiction

 How do you write nonfiction that kids will want to read?

https://www.marykole.com/nonfiction-books-for-kids

Friday, February 23, 2024

Emotions

 Here are some tips for getting emotion on the page.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/01/how-to-get-emotion-onto-the-page/

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Press Releases

 Do you still need press releases in this digital age?

https://janefriedman.com/why-you-need-a-press-release-in-a-digital-age/

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dialogue in Fiction

 Use less dialogue and more action in fiction.

https://annerallen.com/2024/02/avoid-too-much-dialogue-in-fiction/

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Character Backgrounds

 Knowing your characters' backgrounds will help you write more rounded characters.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/01/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-1-background/

Monday, February 19, 2024

Writing Retreats

 Make your writing retreat pay off.

https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-to-make-a-writing-retreat-pay-off/

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Character Development Exercises

 Here are some exercises to use in developing a fully realized character.

https://blog.reedsy.com/character-development-exercises/

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Story Structure Timing

 How perfect does the timing have to be in your story structure?

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-storys-structural-timing/

Friday, February 16, 2024

Character Names

 How do you choose the perfect names for your characters?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-come-up-with-a-character-name/

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Point of View

 There are many ways to play with point of view in your story.

https://taralazar.com/2024/01/26/storystorm-2024-day-26/

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Conference Networking

 How to network at conferences without it being weird.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/01/lauras-big-guide-to-conference-networking/

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Character Voice

 Differentiate your characters by giving each a distince voice.

https://pshoffman.com/character-creation/how-to-write-character-voice/

Monday, February 12, 2024

Funny Picture Books

 Kids love humor in the books they read.

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2021/01/picture-book-focus-writing-funny.html

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Great Characters

Here are some hints for developing great characters.

https://pshoffman.com/character-creation/how-to-write-addicting-characters/ 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Multiple Plotlines

 It can be confusing to keep track of multiple plotlines in your book.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-multiple-plotlines-everything-you-need-to-know/

Friday, February 9, 2024

Tension

 Unanswered questions can add tension to your writing.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/01/tension-and-the-power-of-unanswered-questions/

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Confusing Your Reader

 Here are some reasons why your reader might be confused when reading your book.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/01/six-reasons-youre-confusing-the-reader

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Storyboards

If you're writing a picture book, you should make a storyboard (even if you're not an illustrator).

https://taralazar.com/2016/10/06/every-picture-book-author-should-make-a-storyboard/ 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Picture Books

 Here are nine things that make a picture book successful.

https://tracymarchini.com/publishing-thoughts-and-writing-advice/9-qualities-of-a-successful-picture-book

Author Visits

 Here are some tips to get started with author visits.

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/7-steps-to-get-started-with-author.html

Monday, February 5, 2024

Pacing

 Work on the pacing in your novel to keep your readers turning the page.

https://blog.reedsy.com/pacing-in-writing/

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Newsletter Freebies

Get more subscribers for your newsletter by providing freebies.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2023/10/how-to-create-a-fun-freebie-your-newsletter-subscribers-cant-resist/ 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

YA Writers and Teens

 If you're writing a young adult novel, you should know about the life of teens.

https://janefriedman.com/4-things-every-ya-writer-should-know-about-teens/

Friday, February 2, 2024

Plot Problems

 There are several reasons why you're plot might not be working.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/09/why-your-plot-isnt-working.html

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Puns

 Here are some hints for using wordplay in your writing.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/01/a-pun-in-oven-how-to-give-birth-to.html

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Characters

 Here are five things your character needs.

https://www.writingforward.com/storytelling/five-things-your-characters-need

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 What's the optimal length for your book chapters?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-long-should-a-chapter-be/

Monday, January 29, 2024

Newletters

 Make sure your newsletter is providing what your subscribers expect.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/01/ensure-your-newsletter-lives-up-to-subscribers-expectations/

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Friday, January 26, 2024

Book Tours

 Here are ten tips to help make your book publicity tour a success.

https://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com/2014/03/top-ten-tips-for-book-publicity-tours.html

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Book Awards

 Check out this list of book awards.

https://insights.bookbub.com/book-awards/

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Antagonist

 Don't forget your antagonist is also important to your story.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/12/story-in-trouble-5-signs-youre-ignoring-your-antagonist/

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Book Release Timeline

 What should you be doing and when to promote the release of your new book?

https://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/2010/02/timeline-and-checklist-for-ya-of-mg.html

Monday, January 22, 2024

Twitter Pitch Parties

 What are Twitter (X) pitch parties and what are some of the more common ones?

https://slushpilestory.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/most-popular-twitter-pitch-parties-for-writers/

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Pen Names

 Should you use a pen name for your writing?

https://askanauthor.substack.com/p/should-i-use-a-pen-name

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Verbal Comedy

 Add humor to your book through the use of verbal comedy.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/10/how-to-write-comedy-part-2-verbal-comedy/

Friday, January 19, 2024

Synopses

Follow these five steps to create a synopsis for your novel.

https://www.goodstorycompany.com/blog/how-to-write-a-novel-synopsis 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Scene Pitfalls

Here are some pitfalls to avoid when writing a goal-driven scene.

 https://writershelpingwriters.net/2023/12/scene-mastery-navigating-common-goal-driven-scene-pitfalls/

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Fake Literary Agents

Don't get scammed by a fake literary agent.

https://writerbeware.blog/2023/12/15/how-to-spot-a-fake-literary-agency/ 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Settings

 Here are five tips for creating an unforgettable setting.

https://writerunboxed.com/2023/12/19/5-tips-for-crafting-unforgettable-settings/



Monday, January 15, 2024

Book Launches

 Here are some tips for organizing your book launch party.

https://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com/2015/07/how-to-organize-book-launch-party.html

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Street Teams

 How do you use street teams to promote your book?

https://jmfrey.net/2019/09/words-for-writers-what-is-a-street-team-guest-post/

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Digital Review Copies

 There are several ways for publishers to provide digital review copies for reviewers.

https://bitaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2021/03/10/earcs-netgalley-and-edelweiss/

Friday, January 12, 2024

Author Bios

 Here are some hints for writing your author bio.

https://justpublishingadvice.com/i-am-an-author-but-i-am-useless-at-writing-my-own-bio/

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Physical Comedy

 Add humor to your manuscript through the use of physical comedy.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/09/how-to-write-comedy-part-1-physical-comedy-slapstick/

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Literary Agents

 How do you find the literary agent who's perfect for you?

https://janefriedman.com/researching-the-right-literary-agents-for-you/

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Story Endings

 How to find the perfect ending for your story.

https://www.eevijones.com/how-to-end-a-story/

Monday, January 8, 2024

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

 Here's one author's experiences in writing a choose your own adventure book.

https://writersrumpus.com/2023/12/08/my-experience-writing-a-choose-your-own-adventure-book/

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Query Letters

 Don't get rejected based on your query letter.

https://annerallen.com/2023/12/its-your-query-letter/

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Board Books

 Is it possible to get your board book published?

https://www.deareditor.com/2023/11/can-i-get-a-book-deal-for-a-board-book/


Friday, January 5, 2024

Picture Book Format

 If you're writing picture books, it's important to understand their format.

https://debbieohi.substack.com/p/picture-books-101-part-3-understanding

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Biographies

 Here are some tips for writing a biography will be compelling to readers.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/11/telling-a-life-tips-for-composing-a-compelling-biography/

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Emotions and Moods

 The "show don't tell" rule also works for letting your reader in on your characters' emotions and moods.

https://thewritepractice.com/how-to-show-not-tell-paranoia-hope-and-other-moods/

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Descriptions

 One well-chosen detail is better than a laundry list of descriptions.

https://janefriedman.com/one-well-chosen-detail-write-juicy-descriptions-without-overwhelming-your-reader/

Monday, January 1, 2024

Self Editing

 Increase the chances of selling your manuscript by becoming a better self editor.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/11/why-you-should-want-to-become-a-better-self-editor/