What makes a great story? SECRETS

What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? SECRETS When a character keeps a secret on purpose, it creates conflict, misunderstandings, and high stakes. Characters can keep massive secrets, or simple, little secrets they think are insignificant (Hint: a character’s secret should be significant to SOMEONE in the … More What makes a great story? SECRETS

5 reasons why you should enter a writing contest

Writer contests can be an invaluable learning tool for writers and there are a slew of benefits to you, the aspiring writer. (or published author) Here are my top 5 reasons why you should enter a writing contest. Of course, there are plenty more than just my five personal reasons… but baby steps. Writing contests can … More 5 reasons why you should enter a writing contest

What you need to know before you pursue publishing

So you’ve finished that Manuscript. Maybe it’s taken you years. Maybe only months. The point is, you’re finally done! Now you’re probably overwhelmed with choices. What if’s? What do you do now? I’ve created a comprehensive list of the steps to take that can greatly aid you while you seek publication. “Don’t I just query? … More What you need to know before you pursue publishing

Top 10 romantic comedies

So, August is Romance Appreciation month! Wait…why not February? I mean…come on, it’s only common sense. With Valentine’s Day and…Who’s weird idea was it to slate August as Romance Appreciation Month?? Even June would have been a better choice, you know because there are so many weddings in June. I’m sorry, am I ranting? I’m … More Top 10 romantic comedies

What makes a great story? The little things

  What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? Character conflict,  Misunderstandings,  High Stakes) You could have nailed all of these things, but your story could still bore people to death. What else makes a story shine and rise above others? The little things. What do I mean by the … More What makes a great story? The little things

My top 5 new-ish authors: Love of Reading Month Part 2

Who loves reading? “raises hand” Even if you don’t love reading, guess what, you’re reading right now! Ha ha. Okay so there’s tons of different types of reading. Still. Last week I shared with you my all-time favorite classic writer. Today I wanted to celebrate the Love of Reading Month by sharing with you some of … More My top 5 new-ish authors: Love of Reading Month Part 2