For the past few months, I’ve put all my free time toward editing and gaining feedback on my book. Since finishing my first draft, I’ve added almost 30,000 words to the book—completely unintentionally. Many of these words came from rewriting scenes and adding some much need transitions to really make the story flow. It’s been awhile… Continue reading Writing a Book: Feedback Is Magical
Ahhhhh. I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long; to hold a heavy hard copy of my novel in my hands! I finally made it to the last step, polishing up my writing. During this process, I had printed out scenes or chapters to take to writing groups or for my writing partner to read, but I did… Continue reading Final Stages: Polishing Your Novel
There are many types of writing styles and it is crucial for a writer not only to find theirs, but perfect it. I’ll show you three different types of writing styles: simple and clean, moderate, and flowery and descriptive. Seeing these examples next to each other may help you identify what your writing style is. Here… Continue reading Have You Found Your Writing Style?
After reading through and editing my first draft twice, one place I keep returning to is the prologue. I’m really conflicted over it. If I don’t love it as the writer, I know that the reader won’t either. And so I’m at a crossroads— do I skip my prologue or keep it? A trip through… Continue reading Writing Tips: Should You Skip the Prologue?
I’m currently in the process of editing the first draft of my book. While it feels great to be finished writing, I find myself amazed at the massive amount of editing and rewriting I still need to do. I read somewhere that some writers edit their book over eight times, and that made me feel… Continue reading Editing Your Book’s Sentence Structure
Well, I did it. I finally finished the first draft of my novel! It has been a two year journey and the relief I felt when that last chapter was written was incredible. It was comparable to the feeling I had when I finished my last college final. No more late night studying and no more… Continue reading Writing A Novel: I Finished the First Draft, Now What?
I’ve found that, along with writing as much as possible, writing classes are essential to my writing process. Being in a room full of people who love writing as much as I do and listening to authors talk about their writing process and success fuels me and keeps me going. I always leave excited and… Continue reading Writing Tips: The Publishing Process
My mom is in her sixties and just finished her first children’s book. None of my siblings, or even my father, knew she wanted to write a book, nonetheless wrote one. She wrote and even illustrated the entire thing in secret. I only found out about it when she called to say she had a deal and… Continue reading Is the Book You’re Writing a Secret?
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
So, three years later and I have to admit, life really got away from me. I had the best intentions to post all about my Portland adventures. Maybe I just had way too much fun roaming the city, exploring new shops, having coffee with friends, and walking out my front door not knowing where my walk would take me, that I forgot to sit down and document it here.