15 questions to build stronger characters

Strong characters—main and side characters—can bring your story to life. They're hard to write but worth it to help readers stay immersed in your story. Here are fifteen questions to help build your characters: What is the second thing your character wants the most?What social media would be your character's favorite? How would they use … Continue reading 15 questions to build stronger characters

POV talk: 3rd person

There are many POVs with questions surrounding all of them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I'll talk about 3rd person POV. 3rd person 3rd person has the most variety out of all POVs. There are three types: 3rd omniscient, 3rd objective, and 3rd limited. … Continue reading POV talk: 3rd person

POV talk: 2nd person

There are many POVs with questions surrounding all of them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I'll talk about 2nd person POV. 2nd person 2nd person is one of my favorite POVs to read. When it's done well, it creates a powerful story. It addresses … Continue reading POV talk: 2nd person

POV talk: 1st person

There are many POVs with questions surrounding all of them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I'll talk about 1st person POV. 1st person 1st person is intimate between the reader and the main character (MC). You get front row seats through the MC's eyes. … Continue reading POV talk: 1st person

6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Editors are essential. It's important to communicate some information with them though when y’all first talk. Here are six things to keep in mind: Word count, not page count Knowing how many pages there are isn't as helpful as one might think. There is the general standard that every page is about 250 words. But … Continue reading 6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Best way to show instead of tell

Showing instead of telling is difficult. Most of the time, it's hard to think of how to show something. I forgot who gave me this writing tip, but it's one of the best ones I know: show through action. Or, in other words, show through your character interacting with the world. Here's an example: It … Continue reading Best way to show instead of tell

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

Fantasy worlds are complicated to build since everything is foreign. If you're a plotter (aka you plan your story before you write it), you may have thought most of this out already. But if you're more of a pantser like me (aka you build your story as you go), you may have to go back … Continue reading 7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Dialogue is critical. It’s not necessary, but in stories where it’s present, it needs to flow and keep the story going. That can be hard though. Small talk keeps the story still. Sometimes dialogue can feel like an info dump. So, how do we keep it interesting? Goals Give every character a goal—usually a different … Continue reading 3 tips to spice up your dialogue

When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show