June 20, 2017

Editing is a word that strikes fear into writers. Why? Because, as writers and authors, editing means we have to change our work. Editing should not be a dirty word. Editing is, in fact, a way to shape your vision into perfect (or near perfect) form. When you have your first draft, and you've written the entire manuscript, the next step is to make sure it is revised and edited for as many errors as possible. When I say errors, I don't just mean grammatical. Sure, as a writer I st...

June 12, 2017

When you start your journey to writing your novel, you'll be plotting out character arcs. A character arc is the journey, or story, your character travels throughout your novel. From beginning to end, your characters all have arcs. Even if the character is only in the book briefly, they have an arc. Let's look at the definition of a character arc and how we can apply it to your novel. Character Arc Definition: A character arc is the transformation or inner journey of a character...

June 5, 2017

So, you have an idea for a story, want to write that novel, but don't know where to start? This is the second installment in my Writing Tips series. If you haven't read the first part, you can do so HERE. Once you have the idea for your novel and have done the preliminary work (outline\notes\etc...), it's time to start putting the words down and crafting your story. What does that mean? Crafting your story is taking all of your notes, ideas, and thoughts and shaping them int...

June 1, 2017

There's so much advice I can give someone who wants to write, but ultimately, they have to have the passion, the drive, to want to do it. At the end of the day, I can give all the advice I have in me, but it will be up to you, the aspiring writer, to carry yourself over the finish line. With that said, here's a few quotes I like to use to help inspire others who want to write. * A book is not finished until the cover is attached. * Write. Don't find excuses not to do so. Jus...

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