3 Ways Your Beta Readers Are Right (and Oh-So-Wrong!)

  It’s a truth universally acknowledged that beta readers are the best and worst thing to happen to an author. On the one hand, it’s fantastic that you have readers already willing to read your work–and it’s not even published yet! That’s amazing. Be sure to send them a thank you. But then the feedback […]

Author Interview: Mckayla Eaton

Hey guys, so I’m excited to do something a little new on the blog today, and invited an author friend to join us. So get a cup of coffee, get cozy, and come on in to learn a little bit about fantasy author, Mckayla Eaton.   Hi Mckayla! So welcome to the blog tour! I’m thrilled […]

NaNoProblem #3: too much telling

It’s a common problem when you write a first draft and are still discovering your plot, characters, and the story you want to tell: too much backstory. Following closely on the heels of this, and sometimes interchangeable is the problem of too much narrative. And since it’s already day 21 of National Novel Writing Month […]

NaNoProblem #2: writer’s block

It’s day 15 of NaNoWriMo–that’s halfway! Surely by now you’ve already dealt with the issue that plagues writers of all kinds: writer’s block. If you haven’t, you are amazing. Teach me your ways. But in all seriousness, I don’t believe in writer’s block. No, really. I don’t. I think writer’s block is a mixture of […]

NaNoProblem #1: characters don’t cooperate

It’s already day 7 of NaNoWriMo. For those uninitiated, that means it’s day 7 where you could have completely lost your thread, and where you realize that you’ve written completely off your outline. In fact, by this point, you might be so far beyond what’s written in your outline that it’s a mere dot in […]

Does the World REALLY Need Your Novel? (IWSG)

Did you know the slogan of NaNoWriMo is “the world needs your novel”? Meant to be inspiring, every time I read this, it digs at my insecurity. And since this is Insecure Writer’s Support Group Wednesday, I want to talk about this more than the question posed for the month of November. Because my automatic […]

Book Review: Faithful

Book Review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman Publication date: Nov 1, 2016 Review: I’ve had The Dovekeepers on my TBR shelf for awhile now. But when I saw this book on NetGalley by Alice Hoffman, I picked it up, thinking it might motivate me to read one of her books. Boy am I glad I did. […]

3 Tips for Writing Competitively

Surviving NaNoWriMo is done differently by everyone. What works for one person might not work for another. There are rewards systems you can use, like I wrote about the other day, or there are other motivating tricks you can use to get the words on the page. What this all boils down to though is pushing […]

3 Tips for Making Rewards Work

What really motivates you? A piece of chocolate? A date with your hubby? Meeting a goal is all about finding out what reward works best for you.

3 Tips for Surviving A Writing Marathon

Are you ready for the November writing marathon? Here are 3 tips to help you survive November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).