Since this is the beginning of the year, I thought I would recap some of my better posts about writing a novel from 2019. To read the actual post, simply click on the link after the opening paragraph.
Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience
Six years ago, I wrote about the question why and how it can improve your storytelling. As in why are your characters doing this? Why are they going here? Why would he do/say/think that? (To read more, click here – and yes, this post is about how the YouTube/Screen Rant Pitch Meetings can help your writing.)
Finding time to write
Finding time to write is always my biggest challenge. In fact, I have written about this topic many times but since it is always a concern, I figure what is once more. And I am not the only one with this problem. Many authors who don’t write full-time struggle with this same issue. (To read more, click here.)
How long does it take to write a novel?
Many aspiring authors might wonder how long it will take them to write that novel they have running around in their head. That could depend on quite a few things. (To read more, click here.)
The ups and downs of writing
If you are a follower of my blog, you undoubtedly noticed that for most of May, I have not posted my weekly writing/publishing post. I really was just too busy. And for once, I wasn’t just busy with non-writing stuff (PTA, work, kids’ end of the school events – though I did have these things too), I was actually writing on my current work-in-progress, which I had been neglecting.
But I don’t want to get away from writing on my blog so here I am. For today’s topic I thought I would talk about the ups and downs of writing. (To read more, click here.)
Looking at how long it takes to write a novel
Last week I wrote about the ups and downs of writing. Sometimes I am cranking out the words and other days I am struggling to find time to write. As I read about the experiences of other authors, I hear about authors who write thousands of words a day. (To read more, click here.)
Cutting unnecessary scenes from your novel
Every author at some point will write a scene that just doesn’t really need to be in their novel. The scene might be rehashing something the characters or reader already know. Or maybe it is connecting two scenes that could have been connected another way such as with a chapter break.
Every scene in your novel should be an integral to the story arc. If it isn’t, then it doesn’t belong in your story. (To read more, click here.)
Challenge your character
The other day as I was struggling to write a scene, I realized the scene wasn’t working as it didn’t have any tension. Now not every scene needs to be tense or full of conflict, but one useful tip to give your characters challenges. Nothing should come easy for them. This advice helped me to fix the scene. (To read more, click here.)
Killing off a character or two
Looking to add conflict or tension to your novel? You might consider killing off a character – or depending on the type of novel more than one character. (To read more, click here.)
Sometimes writing goes in a different direction
Sometimes things don’t turn out like you planned. And when it comes to writing that is often the case. Sometimes what you think you are going to write goes a total different direction. (To read more, click here.)
Using timelines to organize information for your novel
Timelines can help you keep track of your information as your write your novel. These can keep your story consistent. A timeline suggests a past, present, and future or in the case of a plot, a beginning, middle and end. we can see cause and effect. We see patterns and turning points. (To read more, click here.)