I read...a lot. Anyone who has happened upon my blog will know this. And since I read a lot, I start to notice patterns. I've done several other posts on things that I like or that bother me in literature, but today I'm going to compare two types of books: a standalone and a series. … Continue reading Which One is Better: Series Or Standalone?
I've been writing for years, and have done so much research on how to write I'm rather surprised that my brain hasn't exploded already. However, along with all the amazing advice I have found, there has also been the advice that either I thought instantly was horrible or now that I am older I realize … Continue reading Writing Tips I Can’t Stand!
Quite a while ago (at least a year), I wrote a blog post on why Show Don't Tell Is a Lie. It remains today one of my top ten most read posts. But recently, I've started to wonder how many do's and don't's I learned in college that I now actually disagree with. And one … Continue reading How Important is the First Sentence of a Novel?
It seems like an eternity ago that I actually talked about writing, as opposed to reading. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t had an idea for a compelling topic, or simply because the more I learn about writing the more I realize how little I actually know. However, in the nearly two years I have been … Continue reading How Blogging Helped My Writing
It has been quite a while since I’ve done a post on writing as opposed to reading, but honestly I enjoy sharing my thoughts about reading because, when it comes to writing, I’m no expert. However, I started writing this article nearly a year ago and I thought I’d share with you guys my thoughts … Continue reading Plot vs. Characters: Which is More Important?
A while back (in the couple months last year when I was doing Daily Thoughts), I talked briefly about my experiences on some book sharing websites like Wattpad and Fictionpress. But I felt that a quick post about it really wasn’t enough to get all my thoughts onto the page. So I’ve finally got around … Continue reading Wattpad vs. Fictionpress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Picture this. You have this great book idea. A romance set in 17th century France, and the dastardly villain of a count who’s threatening to replace the male lead as the new lead. You’ve got a great female protagonist. You’ve got a setting. And then you realize it…you know nothing about 17th century France. Where … Continue reading Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel
Writer’s Block. It’s something most writers suffer from. Though I’ve never gone through extended periods of inactivity, I have moved to different stories because I cannot figure out where one novel should go or how to rewrite it. There are tons of different blogs and videos on how to overcome this problem and everyone has … Continue reading Some Things I Didn’t Know About Writer’s Block
In any story, characters are probably the most important aspect. But just how important are the clothes they wear? The answer is simple: extremely important. Most authors don’t realize just how important fashion is in fiction. So today, I’m going to be talking about just that: character fashion, its importance in stories, and some tips … Continue reading Clothing Your Characters
There are three things that draw the attention of potential readers to a book in a bookstore. Cover, author, and title. Covers must appear attractive, eye-catching. Familiarity with authors’ names can prompt purchases. But titles are important for many reasons. A good title must both draw the reader in and be something familiar. Often from … Continue reading The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story