The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

There’s a specific reason I titled this post “Show vs. Tell” rather than the more common “Show, Don’t Tell.” Because not all telling is bad. Yep, the second sentence in and I’m already trying to confuse you. To show or to tell is the great debate of creative writing. Some absolutely think you should neverRead more about The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)[…]

How to Handle Criticism on Your Writing

How to Handle Criticism on Your Writing

Last week I opened up submissions for beta readers for my debut novel The Elysian Prophecy (if you’re interested and haven’t signed up, do that here). Although I’ve utilized beta readers before, it’s scary putting your work out there for someone to analyze. If you’re entering the beta reading process, or you’ve received some solicitedRead more about How to Handle Criticism on Your Writing[…]

16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)

16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)

I’m sure all of you have heard of the Myers-Briggs test. Some of you may already be using this test to really figure out who your characters are. Others have probably heard of this but haven’t applied it to their writing. I’m here to tell you that you should, especially if you’re having trouble gettingRead more about 16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)[…]

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

I’ve talked an awful lot about goals lately. I’m actually in the process of completed one of my larger quarterly goals: buying a house! But I’m dragging you to the computer today to talk about a different kind of goal – the kind that relates to plots. There’s no doubt that an odd cloud ofRead more about How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)[…]

How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)

How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)

As you may know, I decided nearly a year ago to self-publish my debut novel, The Elysian Prophecy. This sent me down a road of obsessive reading and library visits to learn how best to make a career out of self-publishing. And I started to notice a trend. A lot of writers who are nowRead more about How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)[…]

Different Types of Freelance Editing Explained (so you know which one to choose)

Different Types of Freelance Editing Explained (so you know which one to choose)

This post is Part 1 to my professional editing series. Part 2 will be all about finding and choosing the perfect editor for your needs, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for that! There’s a lot of confusion and stress surrounding professional editors. A lot of writers are confused by the editing options, theRead more about Different Types of Freelance Editing Explained (so you know which one to choose)[…]

Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve

Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve

There’s a lot of conflicting opinions surrounding dictation – some absolutely love it and others couldn’t hate it more if they tried. You probably gathered that I fall in the former category, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post. But it wasn’t always sunshine and butterflies. There’s a learning curve to dictation that stops mostRead more about Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve[…]

The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)

The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)

Fantasy. Historical fiction. Sci-fi. Space opera. Time travel. All of these genres have one major thing in common: they require some kind of world building. So let’s start this week’s topic off by defining what exactly world building is. This element of storytelling is used by writers to develop a unique place where a particularRead more about The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)[…]