You've probably heard this somewhere during your writing journey: 'If there's no conflict, there's no story.' It's one of the main elements of story telling. It's easy enough to come up with a character and a goal, but if that goal is easily achieved it makes for a rather boring story. It's important- and often… Continue reading 5 ways to create conflict in your novel
Revision seems so simple when you first think about it. Take that awkward sounding sentence and make it not sound awkward. The three times my MC has rolled their eyes in that one scene? Make it one. Need to add some tension? Kill someone. But revision isn't as easy as you first think it is.… Continue reading Revision Woes, or why the Hell is Revision so Difficult?
Writing advice. One things all writers are more than ready to dish out. But there are certain pieces of writing advice that you always hear- you can never seem to get away from it. I'm always in two minds about writing advice, especially ones I see frequently. Because while they can be useful, they can… Continue reading Writing advice debunked
One of the difficult parts of writing is creating three dimensional characters your readers can relate to. Now, writers go about this in different ways- some prefer to fill out things like character questionnaires or the Myer Briggs personality test. Others prefer to leave the character a blank slate and fill in gaps as they… Continue reading The importance of character traits and flaws
Your first draft is the first step in producing a finished novel, and for most writers it's the hardest step to make. It's not just having to come up with a great story idea, great characters and a great setting. It's trying to puzzle together all your plot points into a seamless story. And it's… Continue reading The evils of a first draft, and why they’re not as bad as you think they are
Writing is a difficult business. You get one past one difficult hurdle on your writing journey and discover an even bigger hurdle waiting for you. It's emotional, it's stressful, but it's worth it. Writing certainly has its ups and downs and it can be hard to navigate the road to author without some help. Here are… Continue reading How to survive being a writer
I feel a little hypocritical typing this blog post, because while I have a bullet journal, and set it up monthly, I've rarely been using it. (I'd like to take a moment to blame my pregnancy here...) For those of you who don't know, a bullet journal is a sort of notebook//planner/diary mash up that… Continue reading How I use my bullet journal for writing