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[…]

Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy

Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy

You’ve heard it before, but I’ve wanted to be a writer my entire life. From that fateful day when I realized that writing was an actual profession, I’ve dreamed of making a living telling stories. But something was holding me back. Publishing your novel was difficult. Instead of being a great challenge I wanted toRead more about Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy[…]

The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)

The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)

Two years ago, I had no idea what a beta reader was. Years before that, most people didn’t know what they were. The huge shift from traditional publishing to self publishing required the responsibility of editing a novel to perfection to shift to the writer. Want to know how to survive the beta reading process and comeRead more about The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)[…]

How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)

How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)

I recently listened to a podcast by Marketing Science Fiction and Fantasy who interviewed Elle Casey. For those of you that don’t know, she’s an extremely prolific writer, churning out about one 85k word novel a month. This got me thinking – our motivations (or lack thereof) can determine how much, if at all, weRead more about How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)[…]

How To Permanently Defeat Your Writer’s Block (a formula anyone can follow)

How To Permanently Defeat Your Writer’s Block (a formula anyone can follow)

Do any of these sound like you? You’re sitting at your desk and waiting for the words to come, but they just don’t. You may know how you want your story to end but you have no idea how to get there. You think you’re a pantser but can’t actually seem to “pants” your novel.Read more about How To Permanently Defeat Your Writer’s Block (a formula anyone can follow)[…]

Why I Think Scrivener Is For Everyone (and why it’s my favorite tool!)

Why I Think Scrivener Is For Everyone (and why it’s my favorite tool!)

This post was originally going to be all about “writing tools” that I’ve used along the way, but instead I found myself going overboard about one tool in particular: Scrivener. Check out my YouTube video on this post if you’re a fan of watching rather than reading! (But let’s be honest, we’re all readers here)Read more about Why I Think Scrivener Is For Everyone (and why it’s my favorite tool!)[…]

9 Tips to Writing Better Dialogue (that brings your novel to the next level)

9 Tips to Writing Better Dialogue (that brings your novel to the next level)

This is sometimes my favorite part of a story – the words that the characters say to one another. They’re usually the most quotable things in a book, and are the heart of your novel (don’t worry, narrative is the brain…just as important!). But a lot of people have some difficulty with making their dialogueRead more about 9 Tips to Writing Better Dialogue (that brings your novel to the next level)[…]

How To Divide Your Book Into Chapters (so the reader stays glued to the page!)

How To Divide Your Book Into Chapters (so the reader stays glued to the page!)

Recently, I’ve been surprised by the number of questions I’ve gotten pertaining to the structure of a chapter. I’ve already gone over how to write an awesome first chapter, but I had a few people (okay, maybe one) asking about how to break your novel down to the chapter level. Want to hear my beautifulRead more about How To Divide Your Book Into Chapters (so the reader stays glued to the page!)[…]