For Writers, Writing Process

What Makes a Well-Written Character?

What makes the difference between a well-written character and a poorly-written one? Well here are some of the things my students said as well as tips to help you avoid the mistakes that many authors make when putting their characters into their stories.

Editing, For Writers, Writing Process

Revisions Part 1: Getting Organized

I'm finally in revisions! Cue fanfare and vacations and winning the jackpot! Okay, maybe not, but it sure feels that awesome. Until....I turn back around from my daydream and see this hulking beast of a manuscript staring back at me (one reason I took a break before jumping in to revisions). Does anyone else feel… Continue reading Revisions Part 1: Getting Organized

For Writers, Inspiration, Other, Writing Process

Creating Tension

A few days ago, I posted a question on Instagram about how other authors add tension to their stories. Most of the responses that I got went something like this: -Identify what you character wants -Then, use what your character needs as an obstacle to keep him/her from that want Sounds simple enough, right? In… Continue reading Creating Tension

Feedback, For Writers, Inspiration, nanowrimo, Writing Process

Time to marinate

I was looking at the new NaNoWriMo website that they are trying to launch and I ran across my old NaNo projects. The first year that I participated was way back in 2011! That's almost 8 years ago! And you know what else I saw? The novel that I had tried to write (and failed… Continue reading Time to marinate