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 […]
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 […]
January 8, 2018
write a novel with me

Celebrate 2018: Write a Novel With Me!

You know you want to write a novel this year. And you know you want to write a novel with me — because, why not? I’ll […]