Happy 5-year anniversary!

I hit the five-year anniversary mark for my WordPress blog! The big five! I want to thank everyone who has read any of my posts, even if it was just one. Thank you for supporting and encouraging me as a writer. I feel like I've grown a lot with this blog. I hope everyone has … Continue reading Happy 5-year anniversary!

2 methods to send out query letters to agents

After getting your query package (query letter, synopsis, beginning pages, etc.) together, it can be impossible to know how well it will do on the agent market. It's so subjective out there. And after getting a rejection, you usually cannot query that project again to that same agent unless it goes under intense revision. That … Continue reading 2 methods to send out query letters to agents

Book review – One for All (Spoiler Free)

"I'd failed to protect us. And yet, there he was, looking at me as if he believed in me, in my strength. I didn't have a band of brothers in arms to rely on when everything was bleak. But I had Papa." Title: One for AllAuthor: Lillie Lainoff Genre: Historical FictionPages: 389 pagesPublication date: March 8, … Continue reading Book review – One for All (Spoiler Free)

Happy 4-year anniversary!

Happy four years! This last year has gone by so fast. So far, I've published 430 posts on this blog, which seems like so much. When I first started, I never expected my blog to make it this far. I also didn't expect to still be doing it for so long. I want to thank … Continue reading Happy 4-year anniversary!

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

Common writer mistakes #10

#10 — Adding too many details with commas Lately, I've had a few authors use commas to add detail after detail onto a sentence. But they don't realize how jam-packed the sentence becomes. Here are two fictional examples: Laurence came through the door, looking for answers, looking for something to turn his path around, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #10

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

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 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 an updated version … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part three

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 the story to describe something in the middle of the chapter. As a writer myself, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #6