The definition of what a writer is has been debated within the writing community for ages. What are the parameters? What do you have to have accomplished in order to be considered one? Do you have to finish a novel? Publish something? Get picked up by one of the Big Five houses? Do you need to be on the New York Times bestseller list?
But here’s the thing: if you think you’re a writer, you are one.
Read More Yes, You’re A “Real” Writer
Pinterest has become a great tool for a lot of writers. I have several boards (some mine, some group boards) for writing tips and ideas. But Pinterest also has another purpose—helping you bring your characters to life.
Read More How to Use Pinterest to Develop Vivid Characters
Two of the most common pieces of writing advice you’ll get when you start out as a writer are write what you know and don’t insert yourself in the story. Essentially, you’re supposed to write about things you’re familiar with to keep your story authentic, but not too much, because then you’re just writing fanfic about yourself (or so I’ve heard). But finding that balance can be hard. Here are a few tips on how to toe the line a little more carefully.
Read More 7 Tips to Help You Write Authentically (Without Putting Yourself in the Story)
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.
Read More 6 Mistakes New Writers Make (and How to Fix Them)
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
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
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)
Look, editing is hard. I’ve said it many, many times. When you’re starting, it can be incredibly confusing. One person tells you to do this, and another tells you oh God no. Do this. Do that. It’s hard. I can’t tell you what’s right for your story, but as far as I can tell, there […]
Read More The Editing Style Guide
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