The five basic story elements are characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. The characters react to their setting the conflicts that you put them in when you are creating the plot. The resolution of the conflict depends solely on how the character changes throughout the story. Characters are people. They have feelings and dreams. Developing … Continue reading Story Structure
Your reminder alarm goes off because you write at the same time every day, but you can't think of anything to write. Now what? First, take a look at your surroundings. Are you in an environment that breeds creativity and focus? If not, change it. If you can't, change your mindset. Having a home office … Continue reading Bust Through Writer’s Block!
I have added worksheets and outlines that I use in my writing process onto the Downloadables page. Feel free to download and use them while you write as well!
Choosing to write a series is an important decision. Usually, series are born from stories that are too big for one book. However, a series can also be built from extensive planning of individual stories for each book. Either way, a series usually follows a character through different stages of their life and various adventures. … Continue reading Writing a Series
Why isn't your book done? Before you answer that question, your schedule is not an excuse. We prioritize what's important to us in our 24 hour day. You can finish your book if you're willing to rearrange your schedule to prioritize your writing. You can prioritize your writing if it's important to you. Fill in … Continue reading Finish Your Book!
Don't stop writing to do research. Getting all of your research out of the way before you start your writing session is essential to the flow of your book. Once you start writing, you don't want to break up your concentration with doing something as tedious as researching a fact. You could get lost in … Continue reading Research First
The best way I get started with my writing everyday, is to write about writing. You know everything needed to write, so write about it. This will get you started with your flow of words, so you can easily switch topics at some point to write your book, blog, article, ect. Start writing about writing … Continue reading Write About Writing
Characters are people. They have feelings and dreams. Developing characters that are complex can be difficult, but if you ask yourself if your characters meet all the humanistic checkpoint and can answer yes, then chances are you have a well-rounded character. What are the humanistic checkpoints for a character? I’m glad you asked. When creating … Continue reading What is a Character?
You hook your readers in the first three seconds of your book. Or you don't. The beginning of your story is what sets the tone for the whole book and the way your reader relates to it. If they're bored in the beginning, they probably won't bother to finish the book. To avoid that, your … Continue reading Start in Action
It can be difficult to start writing. Once you get started, it can be hard to stop. So how do we , as Writers, make the blank page a little less daunting? We can have creative juice for breakfast! To kick-start your creative juices first thing in the morning, you have to wake up your … Continue reading Creative Juice for Breakfast