Nikki Williams

March 25, 2018
point of view

Point of View: Why You MUST Get This Right

Many writers take point of view (POV) for granted, neglecting to give it the attention it deserves. Point of view is like a train that takes […]
March 11, 2018
writing scenes

Making a Scene: Writing Scenes that Work

Scenes are the most basic component of your novel, so it stands to reason that writing scenes is something you should learn to do well. There’s […]
March 4, 2018
story beats

A Beginner’s Guide to Story Beats

No matter whether you’re a pantser or an outliner, getting to know the rhythm of storytelling is crucial to providing your audience with a read they […]
February 25, 2018
novel outline

The Novel Outline: A Hybrid Template

This post is for those of you resistant to the novel outline. Fellow writer, I feel your pain. I was a dyed-in-the-wool pantser for most of […]
February 18, 2018
free writing

Fancy Pantsing: Free Writing for Beginners

Last week I delved into Pantsing vs. Outlining. This week I’ll focus in on the art of free writing, because that sounds a bit better and […]
February 11, 2018
planning your novel

Planning Your Novel: To Pants or Not to Pants

Planning your novel is our focus for February. By the end of the month, you’ll have decided what category of writer you fall into (Pantser vs. […]
January 28, 2018
choosing a genre

Choosing A Genre: How to Make it Easy

Choosing a genre can be tough work. If you’re like me, you have several genres that you enjoy reading and would like to write in. For […]
January 21, 2018
what makes a good story idea

A Novel Year: What Makes a Good Story Idea

Hopefully you’ve used last week’s inspiration to come up with one or more ideas for your novel. Before we begin, though, a word of caution: To […]
January 14, 2018
writing ideas

Writing Ideas: A Novel Year – January

So you’ve committed to writing a novel with me this year — welcome to January: Writing Ideas. Some of you already have an idea you’ve been […]