To writers who fear the first draft

Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft

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

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

3 questions to build your characters’ voices

One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices

Just around the corner: NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. It’s time to get all of our ideas together. (If you're confused on what NaNoWriMo is, I talk about it more in-depth here.) For me, as I'm writing this, I have less of an idea than I should. I'm not sure if I want to … Continue reading Just around the corner: NaNoWriMo

Book review – Bottled Memories (Spoiler Free)

“He picked up the bottle And threw it down on the floor. He said, “I’ve lost all I can And I can’t lose anymore. This has all got to stop Before I end up dead.” Then he sat down again... And ordered “one more” instead." Title: Bottled Memories: A Journey through Addiction and Early RecoveryAuthor: … Continue reading Book review – Bottled Memories (Spoiler Free)

3 tips on writing characters

I attended a webinar the other day about tips for writing characters. I thought I'd share the main tips they talked about. Show the adjectives Instead of saying, "Josalyn is caring," show how she's caring. Does she take care of a child? Is she always there for others? Does she risk herself to save her … Continue reading 3 tips on writing characters