Writers are notorious for criticizing our own work, which is a great tool to have when you're editing. When we write, we need to have an open mind and let our ideas run wild. Criticism is the enemy of creativity, so here is a three-step process for squashing your inner critic. Step 1: Stop Expecting … Continue reading 3 Steps To Squashing Your Inner Critic
The key to writing memories is to make people feel like they are experiencing the memories through your writing. Writing memories requires a lot of attention to detail. In order for your readers to fully experience the memory the way the writer does, you have to incorporate all of their senses. They need to be … Continue reading Writing Memories
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
“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” - Stephen King Getting started is the hardest part, but when you keep going you will have written. Being scared to start writing is normal. You have to use that nervousness to fuel your imagination and motivate you to write. Nervousness is … Continue reading Write Scared
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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?
Plot is the most important part of the story. If you've gotten to the main confrontation piece of your novel, congrats! But, what are you gonna do now? Sometimes we can get stuck on the problem and can't figure out the best solution. That's okay. So, what do you do when you've destroyed the universe … Continue reading What To Do When You’ve Destroyed the Universe and You Don’t Know How To Fix It
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