Look, I was—and still am, for the most part—a new writer. I’m not trying to say that being green here is a bad thing, because it’s not. It’s a time of huge growth and it can be one of the most exciting parts of being a writer, because everything is so shiny and fascinating. But I made a lot of mistakes as a new writer, some of them good and some of them bad, and I’d like to offer this post as a cheat sheet for everyone in my place.
That story, with its unoriginal characters and cliché storyline, was my first ever attempt at a novel. Now, after eight years, three failed attempts at novels, and two successful ones, I can still see a clear path from that story to my newest one.Read more "Why Remembering Your First Novel Matters"
Maybe you’re not “good enough” to become a New York Times bestseller. Maybe you’ll never get published. But writing doesn’t have to be about those things. You can just write for yourself. If you have something you want to write, be it an epic fantasy novel or a short fanfiction, do it. You don’t have to be the next Shakespeare or John Green or [insert idol here]. You don’t have to write for anyone but yourself. If it makes you happy, that’s all you need.Read more "4 Dangerous Lies People Tell About Writing"
I’ve learned a few things over the years that have helped me become a better writer. Here are six of them.Read more "6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing"
I wrote my first two novels alongside a very detailed plot outline, and that worked for me; I finished the first draft of my second novel within four months. The thing is, I like structure. I like knowing where my story is going. But my new story is different from everything I’ve written before, and in turn, it requires a new approach to plotting.
And that’s where this comes in: a bare-bones mash-up of every plot outline you’ve seen.Read more "Plot Outline Template: A Novel Deconstructed"
As a busy college kid, I can tell you there’s not a lot of time for extracurricular hobbies. But along the way, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I’d like to share with you.Read more "How I Balance Writing and Blogging in University"
About a month ago, I wrote a masterpost of all my writing-related blog posts, and then decided to put together a list of links from others that have helped me become a better writer as well. Since my ‘writing’ bookmark folder is huge, that masterlist of links ended up being split into two parts, the first […]Read more "Writing Advice Masterpost Part 2: Revising, Editing and Querying"
I just launched my second novel, DEAR LIZZIE, with @tapas_app! #amreading #MustRead #Drama https://t.co/F2PGVyaHOv via @tapas_app — A. C. Wyatt (Alex) (@alexisabooknerd) June 27, 2017 As you can tell from the title, yes: I launched my second story, DEAR LIZZIE, with Tapas last night!Read more "I Launched My Second Novel with Tapas!"
A couple weeks ago I promised a list of all the writing resources I’ve come across that have helped me become a better writer. I hope these links can help you as much as they’ve helped me.Read more "Writing Advice Masterpost Part 1: Plotting, Characters and World-Building"
As you can probably guess from the title (or if you follow me on Twitter), I just launched a novel with Tapas Media! I created a story with @tapas_app called HUMAN! It launched yesterday and I’m so proud of it. Check it out here: https://t.co/4eeYGEnLrx — A. C. Wyatt (Alex) (@alexisabooknerd) June 11, 2017Read more "Announcement: I launched a story with Tapas!"