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.
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"
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"
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!"
I’ve written a lot of posts about writing over the last two (almost three?) years. Some of them are silly and some of them are just plain ol’ rants, but I’ve also written a lot of posts to share what I’ve learned about writing novels. I already a category for writing drop-down menu at the […]Read more "My Writing Resources Masterpost (First Drafts, Revision, Querying and more)"
Writing is hard. Unfortunately, querying can be even harder. I’ve been through the query trenches time and time again, and written about it a lot, too. Through all of this, I’ve discovered a fair amount about ways to help me land a submission. Here’s what I’ve learned. Write up your blurbs and synopses. Once you’ve […]Read more "How To Get A Submission: Query Letter Edition"
The struggle to properly edit one’s novel gets harder and harder as the months drag on. But I think I’ve found a solution: reading my novel out loud.
And here’s six reasons why you should read your novel out loud, too.Read more "Why You Should Read Your Novel Out Loud"
One of the most controversial things I’ve heard about in writing circles is what people use to keep themselves motivated. On one side, you have the purists who say you don’t need anything to help you write. On the other, you have everyone else, who like writing in coffee shops or along to music.Read more "Writing Motivation: What’s Your Method?"
So we’ve done all the messy stuff, all the major structural surgery. Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty—polishing off that revision. Treat it like a second revision. Save it under a new file name. Change the font. Print it out, if you can. Think on a word- and sentence-level. Though the big […]Read more "The Final Polish: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 4"