How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)

How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)

Pen name. Pseudonym. Nom de plume. There are many reasons why you, as a writer, may consider using a pen name, but it’s a big decision to make. As always, check out my YouTube channel if you’re a video addict like myself 🙂 Creating an alternate identity can require a lot of work. It’s recommendedRead more about How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)[…]

How to Create Characters and Settings Using Scrivener

How to Create Characters and Settings Using Scrivener

With the end of another year of NaNoWriMo, a lot of writers received a 50% discount on Scrivener for successfully writing 50,000 words. For those that are just starting up with Scrivener, or you’re not sure whether or not you should purchase, check out my other posts on Why I Think Scrivener is For EveryoneRead more about How to Create Characters and Settings Using Scrivener[…]

How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)

How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)

To prologue or not to prologue? Either you’ve asked this question before, or you’re wondering why I’m asking it now. I was part of the latter group until about a year ago–I had no idea a debate on this topic even existed. Boy does it ever, and boy is it a big one. Largely, there’s twoRead more about How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)[…]

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[…]

How to be a Beta Reader (Plus I’m Calling All Betas!)

How to be a Beta Reader (Plus I’m Calling All Betas!)

If you’re a regular follower of mine you might be thinking, “Vivien, haven’t you already told us about beta readers? Are you suffering from amnesia?” Nope. At least I think I’m not…but would I really know it if I were? At the request of one of my YouTube viewers, I thought this week would beRead more about How to be a Beta Reader (Plus I’m Calling All Betas!)[…]