7 things that will doom your novel (& How to avoid them!)

This Reblog is an extremely informative, (and humorous) post from The Writer’s Dig. Guest post by James Scott Bell. If you have any motivation at all to write a novel, or short story, or anything intended for publication, whether self-publishing or traditional publishing, then, please check out this list. The 7 things that will doom your novel: … More 7 things that will doom your novel (& How to avoid them!)

What makes a great story? Character conflict

  What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? Character conflict: Character conflict can be interpreted in many ways. Characters can conflict with one another. Characters are met with obstacles / conflicts as they try to achieve their goal. There’s also internal character conflict.  Examples of Character conflict: Shiloh: … More What makes a great story? Character conflict

Rock your Revisions: essential books for editing

Finishing a draft for the first time (or even the third time) is like…breathing in fresh, mountain air; like winning 1st place in Mario Kart, or watching your infant eat real food for the first time, or take their first steps. It’s amazing! Then comes the process of editing. Sometimes, if you’re lucky and have … More Rock your Revisions: essential books for editing

What makes a great story? Misunderstandings

What makes a great story? Plot. What drives plot forward, besides a strong, identifiable goal? Misunderstandings. For example… The Mask of Zorro (another Fandom of mine! After all this time blogging, I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this) A disguise is a misunderstanding all on its own – it could the villain disguising himself, or the … More What makes a great story? Misunderstandings

5 FREE online resources for writers

There are countless resources available to writers that you can purchase online or otherwise; from Scrivener, to multiple online forums, writers’ blogs,  critique groups, editing software, apps and tools… Everyone needs a little something FREE in their life. Here’s 5 free tools I’ve discovered that have proven useful to me as a writer. Dictionary/Thesaurus.com: I … More 5 FREE online resources for writers