How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method--a battle-tested series of ten steps that will jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story.
Write Romance? Get Your Beat Sheet Here! | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—write a 50K word novel during November) starts today, and while I plan to continue blogging throughout NaNo, I wanted to make sure I gave you something good to keep you happy during my crazy month. *smile* Of course, whether or not you’d define today’s post as anything good might depend […]
10 Ways To Personalize Your Query to Agents
Writers hear that they're supposed to personalize their queries--but "how personal, exactly?" is the most common question. The best queries show that they have engaged with us before (on Twitter, read an interview, or a blog post of ours) and have done their research. It's easier than you think to show that personal touch. Below…
How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day
When I started writing The Spirit War (Eli novel #4), I had a bit of a problem. I had a brand new baby and my life (like every new mother'...
9 Ways (and 2 Rewards) of Marketing Your Own Book | Jane Friedman
Some book marketing methods are easier than others. In this guest post, Beth Alvarado discusses the ways and whys of actively marketing your own book.
As any fantasy reader knows, the fun thing about magic systems is that they can be almost anything. The terrifying thing about magic systems, as any fantasy writer knows, is that they can be almost anything, and your job is to choose what that anything is. So let’s start with the easy part. What really…
Writing Emotional Meaning | Kidlit
Writing emotional meaning into your novel is the key to making your readers feel deeply. Advice on planting seeds in your story and watching them grow.
How to Nail the First Three Pages ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
Let’s face it, talking about writing the first pages of a novel is stressful. It can strike terror into the heart of even the most seasoned writer, because as writers we all know how scarily narrow the window is, and … Continue reading →
Writing Funding Calendar
Below you'll find my calendar of annual deadlines for writer funding opportunities, which include fellowships, grants, and residencies where the artist either goes for free or is paid. You can click...
How to Introduce Main Characters: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater — Jimena I. Novaro
As a writer, I’m always trying to learn from what other authors do well. That’s why today I'm taking an in-depth look into how The Raven Boys, the first book in the series, introduces some of its main characters and sets them up to become fully realized human beings we can fall in love with.