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

Common writer mistakes #9

#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

How does a book become a book? – part two

If you missed part one or need a recap, it's here. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two

Common writer mistakes #7

#7 — Not Developing Characters I'm sure we've all come across a character in a book who we didn't feel anything towards much. We weren't worried for the character's well-being. Which doesn't help us want to continue reading. It can take many drafts to get into a character's head and develop them on the page. … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #7

Common writer mistakes #6

#6 — Unnecessary details The plot is coming along. We're getting to an important moment — but wait! I forgot to mention something. Let me write it down, because it's important. But now the reader is wondering why I stopped to describe something in the middle of the chapter. As a writer myself, I get … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #6

Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

“People act as if they no longer know me / I feel as if I'm speaking from inside an error” Title: GatekeepeerAuthor: Patrick JohnsonGenre: PoetryPages: 96 pagesPublication date: December 10, 2019Publisher: Milkweed Editions At AWP this year, I stopped by the Milkweeds booth at the book fair, and Gatekeeper caught my eye. Some pages inside … Continue reading Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

Get To Know Ya Book Tag

I found this book tag over on My World Of Books blog, and I thought it would be a fun one to do. I hope you enjoy! FAVORITE BOOK(S) OF ALL TIME I have too many books that are my favorites and what I would consider 'a book of all time.' I'll run through a … Continue reading Get To Know Ya Book Tag