How to Clean Up Your Work

No manuscript is perfect. After all, its creator is imperfect. But there comes a time when we must edit our work. A decent portion is easy; we can see and correct our errors with ease. Other aspects however...well, we might as well be trying to rip our hearts out or start a campaign to burn... Continue Reading →

Four-Word Fear

It's been done before. Those four words haunt us. They linger always, a constant and persistent source of daily, debilitating doubt. So what? Do you think Disney ever hesitated to come out with a new princess movie? There's already so many of them...maybe we should just not. Could you imagine what it would be like if Disney... Continue Reading →

7 Tips for Fantastic Hooks

Possessing a stand-out hook for your book is like a business owner having business cards. Sometimes though, because there're just so many incredible things to talk about, it can be super difficult to nail down what words we NEED to say. So what exactly is the recipe for a perfect, tasty little hook? There are... Continue Reading →

The Pros and Cons of Parents in (or not in) Novels

Parents, or parent figures, are critical aspects in books. Their presence and corresponding parent-child relationships alone can make up entire premises. Likewise, the lack of a parent figure, whether they're dead or simply out of the picture has a huge effect. Their existence or non-existence is a heck of a decision. Neither option is bad,... Continue Reading →

Four Fantastic Ways to Keep On Writing

Life is busy. For those of us who cannot dedicate set, consistent amounts of time to our work, finding the time to write can be challenging. How are we supposed to write 50,000+ words of  fiction on top of all of our other pre-existing responsibilities?  Like this: Write a minimum of one sentence a day.... Continue Reading →

Thursday Theory- The Effective Editing Method

Yesterday in our writing tip of the day we went over how to have a positive, productive editing mindset. Today, we will learn how to get our work done effectively. Successful, mostly unstressful editing is best accomplished in two stages. Stage 1: Approach your work like a reader. Expect a good read. Then just read it as... Continue Reading →

Dear Writers…

Editing can be more than simply difficult or painful. The process can be terribly discouraging. It doesn't have to be. Yeah, you can't go into editing with a pair of rose-colored glasses, but neither do you have to wear black-out lenses. Maybe some parts are sooooo much cringier than you thought they'd be, but your... Continue Reading →

Say What You’re Trying to Say, Better

"Novelists are failed short story writers, and short story writers are failed poets,"- Ernest Hemingway. Now, novelists aren't really failures, but we can fall short. Often times, we don't use our 50,000+ words wisely. Yeah, we need to get the word count up there, but we need not be excessive or wasteful. Easier said than done,... Continue Reading →

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