You have spent a lot of time developing your characters. You’ve put together their back story and taken the time to really understand how this has impacted who they are today. You’ve drawn up a lot of stories and scenarios that won’t make it into your writing but have helped you get a better understanding… Continue reading Helping your characters evolve
You have been working on your writing for a while now, and you feel that it’s finally time to try to get your work out there to the public. Should you publish under a pseudonym? If you are just starting out and haven’t had any of your work head out into the world just yet,… Continue reading Should you write under a pseudonym?
You spend a lot of time creating compelling characters, and you want them to be both believable and relatable. While their personalities and life circumstances matter quite a bit, so do their names. How can you find the right name for your characters? There are a lot of names to choose from, and you want… Continue reading Naming your characters
You have an idea, and you’d like to turn it into a full-length story. You aren’t quite sure about the details yet, but you’re getting there. When should you begin outlining it? Coming up with new ideas may make your head spin with possibilities. This may make you want to wait to outline your story,… Continue reading When is it time to outline your story?
You love to write, and you are often quite fond of certain portions of your writing. It’s nice to create something you can be proud of, and you love being able to share these works with others. However, it can sometimes be these portions that are the most difficult to cut from your work, even… Continue reading Cutting the fluff
Your writing time is when you really get things done, and make progress with your pieces. This means that in order for you to be an effective writer, you will need to make the most of this time. To do this, it’s a good idea to have a game plan in place. This means that… Continue reading Getting the most out of your writing time
Your writing can be close to your heart, and extremely personal. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need to reach for content that is outside of your comfort zone. In fact, it’s highly likely that you will need to do so at some point in your career. There may be a ton of topics… Continue reading Researching fiction
You want to write in order to share a story with the world. While it would be nice to put yourself out there and have your work be well-received by all who can get their hands on it, it’s more likely that some people will better suited to being your readers than others. The group… Continue reading Choosing an audience
Your life as a writer involves building a lot of worlds for your characters to populate. Maybe some of these are like our own, but others may be very different. Regardless, you will need to determine the most effective way to tell your story to the reader, and a fair amount of this will involve… Continue reading World Building Basics
You love to write, and you relish the idea of taking a seat at your desk and pounding out a good story. However, it can be easy for other parts of your life to get in the way of this. To make sure you keep writing, you will need to make this part of your… Continue reading How to keep life from getting in the way of your writing