It’s already so close to November! It seems as if time has sprinted by this year. And NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—has skidded around the corner, getting ready. (If you don't know what that is, here's a link to an explanation. It’s probably the writing community’s most productive time of the year.) This is your reminder … Continue reading A friendly NaNoWriMo reminder
Author Interview — P.D. Alleva
Last week, I posted my book review of The Rose by P.D. Alleva, and now I have an exclusive interview with him. I hope you enjoy. Where do your story ideas come from? Dreams? Real life? What-if questions? Story ideas come from a mixed bag of dreams, real life, and what ifs. Typically the idea … Continue reading Author Interview — P.D. Alleva
Daily dose of writing motivation
Sometimes we hear voices in our heads and write them down. Or an idea that no one could've ever thought of comes to us. We create something out of nothing. And it's okay if today isn't a writing day for you. You don't have to write every day, week, or month to be a writer. … Continue reading Daily dose of writing motivation
How does a book become a book? — part three
If you missed the first two parts, here's part one and part two. #5 — Making the most of your marketing plans Look at where you can submit your book to win awards. (I suggest the Writer's Market book for this. They list many places you can to submit to. They also come out with … Continue reading How does a book become a book? — part three
Creative ways to promote your self-published book
At AWP, I ran into a lot of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Self-publishing has some different perks and routes, especially when it comes to marketing. A few discussed their creative ways to market their book. When I say creative, I mean creative. They gave out some ideas that I had never even thought of before. … Continue reading Creative ways to promote your self-published book
Should we keep writing ideas written down?
I have my own stash of writing ideas hidden away, but it's like I'm storing them for nothing. I don't even think I've looked at my journal ideas for over a year now. I check the ones on Pinterest every once in a while, but sometimes that's even is rare. It's like I find all … Continue reading Should we keep writing ideas written down?
It’s THAT time of year again
The emails are coming in! The ideas are getting written down. Oh, the time of the year where everything seems to be rushing on a time clock. There isn't much time left, but there's so much to do. And, gosh, it's almost November already? It's about time to write a novel on top of that! … Continue reading It’s THAT time of year again
Can you stop writing—take a break—for “too long”?
On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing—take a break—for “too long”?
A place to find writing ideas
I'm not a big fan of social media, but I do get on Pinterest a lot. What I've found lately is some random writing ideas. They could be from pictures of someone's tumblr asking for representation or just a funny picture I saw. Sometimes it could be a writing aspect to practice or something I had … Continue reading A place to find writing ideas
Common writing mistakes #1
#1 — Using multiple adjectives "The house on the hill was old, broken, and abandoned. I always passed it on my way home. It stared back at me with its empty, death-glaring eyes." Adjectives help, but too many of them back-to-back can weigh down a story. It sounds more like a bumpy ride on a … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #1