I reached a point in my novel where I’m writing the last scenes leading up to the final chapter. I’ve been consumed with building tension, moving the plot along, and making sure the motivation of my characters makes sense to the reader, so that their actions seem plausible. Over thinking these things caused me to get really stuck.
The first line in a book is arguably the most important. This single line introduces the reader to your style of writing, your way of phrasing, and your storytelling ability. Based on this line, they instantly decide if they are intrigued enough to keep reading. Most writing books will tell you that your first line needs to… Continue reading Writing Inspiration: Perfecting the First Line of Your Book
Along with old bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops, I love visiting good antique stores. There is something about shifting through aisles full of worn trinkets, in library-like silence, to find a treasure. I’m usually on the hunt for old leather books, typewriters, and crystal decanters. I’m so lucky to live in the south, where antique… Continue reading A Rare Find in an Antique Store
Every writer needs to do some kind of research for their book, even if they are writing a book of fiction. I have a friend who is writing a book set in Sweden, so she is doing a lot of research about the culture, time difference, and language. My book is not set in a… Continue reading A Writing Resource: The Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures
“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind… Continue reading What is Your Writing Style: Gardener or Architect?
I am not the best namer. I can create an entire world from nothing, dream up imaginary characters, plots, and dialogue, but trying to come up with a name for it all has me stumped! Is writers block with a title a thing? I’m probably freezing up from all the pressure. The title is the… Continue reading Naming Your Novel
I have been writing a book for the last two years. The idea started as a few pages for a children’s book and then grew bigger due to an assignment in my writing class at Portland State University. We had to turn in a 15 page story by the end of the term, as well… Continue reading Writing My Novel