Tag Archives: plot

How To Brainstorm New Writing Ideas

10 Oct
Photo by TZA

Photo by TZA

Where do novel ideas come from–and ones for books too?  (See what I did there?  No?  Okay, moving on).  Do they just fall out of the sky and knock you on the head?  Or are they the product of intense hours spent wringing loose connections out of your brain and rearranging them to form a greater picture?

So what happens when… nothing happens? Continue reading

Why Word Count Counts

15 Jul
Photo by Chip Sillesa

Photo by Chip Sillesa

Books come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?  Some can slide into your pocket, while others could anchor a cruise ship.

So, you’ve written a 200,000 word novel.  I bet you can’t wait to see that doorstopper on bookshelves, right?  Think again. Continue reading

How To Overcome Writer’s Block – 10 Tips

23 May
Photo by Drew Coffman

Photo by Drew Coffman

Writer’s block.  We’ve all been there.  Sometimes we even use it as an excuse.

“Why aren’t you writing today?”

“I can’t.  I have writer’s block.”

It’s not a fatal diagnosis.  It’s just a little stumbling block, which I can hopefully inspire you to overcome.

Writer’s Block Remedies: Continue reading

Revision vs Editing Tips

1 Apr
Photo by The Culinary Geek (cc)

Photo by The Culinary Geek (cc)

Revision is to ice cream as editing is to the sprinkles on top.  Sure, it’s still dessert without the sprinkles, but that final touch is what perfects it, makes it irresistible.

Now that you’ve looked after the BIG problems during the revision phase, you have to think SMALL, er… small.  Editing is all about polishing your prose and cleaning up the tiny errors hidden throughout your writing.  Continue reading

Five Tips For Novel Revision – The BIG Picture

23 Mar
Photo by Christo de Klerk (cc)

Photo by Christo de Klerk (cc)

When it comes to revision, think BIG.

Big mistakes, big changes.  Forget about the finicky word alterations or improving sentence structure.  If you sweat the small stuff at this stage, you’ll lose sight of the bigger picture… and you’ll also lose your mind.  Not to mention, if you’ve still got big changes happening, why waste your time on the details that won’t matter if you end up cutting the chapter entirely?

So what should we focus on when revising? Continue reading

How Travel Can Strengthen Your Story

15 Mar
Somewhere in Scotland

Somewhere in Scotland

Did you know…

When flying, the change in altitude and the pressurized cabin can alter our taste buds, diminishing our ability to enjoy the delicious meals the airline has to offer?

Okay, stop laughing.  Seriously, it can numb up to a third of our taste buds, which can attribute to our tasteless dinners.  But let’s be honest.  It probably never tasted that good in the first place.

The travel bug.  I was infected when I was twenty years old.  Now I must give into the cravings on a regular basis or slowly lose my mind.  There is no known cure, but if there was, I wouldn’t want it.  It’s a big world out there just waiting to be explored, full of potential stories and plots for your next novel. Continue reading

How To Save That Aimless Chapter

4 Mar
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Photo by jimflix!

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

When Frederick Douglass said this, he may have been referring to justice and equality, but his inspirational message can also be applied to our writing.

Previously, I discussed how to identify a chapter lacking in purpose.

Now here are some tips to help save it: Continue reading