Monday, March 08, 2021
5 Places to Find Your Novel’s Theme
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Theme is one of the best plotting tools a writer has. I’ve always been a plot-focused writer, so theme was so...
Saturday, March 06, 2021
WIP Diagnostic: Is This Working? A Closer Look at an SF Short Story Opening
Critique by Maria D'Marco WIP Diagnostics is a weekly column that studies a snippet of a work in progress for specific issues. Readers a...
Friday, March 05, 2021
Story Structure: How the Midpoint Reversal Works in a Novel
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy The midpoint reversal is the glue that holds the first and second halves of the novel together. Like many wri...
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Tips on Writing "The Boring Stuff" Readers Tend to Skip
By Jenna Harte Part of The How They Do It Series JH: Readers skim when they read, especially if nothing is really going on in the story. Jen...
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
6 Places Infodumps Like to Hide in Your Novel
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Not everything you know about your story belongs in your novel. A quick heads up...I'm over at Writers in...
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
It’s About Time. Make the Most of the 24 Hours We All Get
By Shanna Swendson, @ShannaSwendson Part of The Writer’s Life Series JH: Managing time is one of the more difficult things about being a wr...
Monday, March 01, 2021
A Core Question for Getting to Know Your Character
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Even if you do little to no character development before you start writing, asking this one question can pinp...
Friday, February 26, 2021
Story Structure: How the Act Two Choice Works in a Novel
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy The act two choice is a pivotal moment in your novel, and the wrong choice could send your middle in the wro...
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Revision Tips for Pantsers: 3 Steps to a Full Rewrite
By Orly Konig, @OrlyKonig Part of The How They Do It Series JH: Having to revise on a tight deadline can give any writer nightmares, but som...
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tips to Understand and Control Your Novel’s Pacing
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy In some ways, pacing is more critical to a novel than plot. My husband isn't a kidlit reader, and when he...
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