Last week, I reached a milestone in my nascent writing career: I was asked, for the first time, where I got my ideas from. Friends, I’ve arrived! This question makes me a bona fide writer. (As far as I’m concerned it does. Don’t burst my bubble.) And of course bona fide writers traditionally reply to … More Where do you get your ideas from?
So often we as writers are well aware of our weaknesses, but rarely take stock of our strengths. Here are mine – what are yours? … More What are your five writing strengths?
Could NaNo help the world’s worst procrastinator? Or did it flop worse than a boneless chicken? … More Three Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo
Three tips I’ve learned from great authors. Share and enjoy! … More Three Ways to Fix Bland Descriptions
An exercise in which I’ve deconstructed the character creation of a great writer to learn how she does it. … More Constructing Layered Characters
Eighty nine exciting character traits enable you to create more realistic fictional people than ever before.
Happy writing! … More The Mother of All Character Checklists
Which is not to say I’ll be managing to post a writing tip every day, but here goes. Ask yourself two questions as you’re writing a scene, or outlining your novel: “What’s the worst that could happen here? And what’s the best that could happen?” I considered this in relation to the novel I’m outlining … More Writing Tip o’ the Day