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)
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
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
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
A lot of revision advice goes back to this: print out your novel. Grab a red pen and park yourself in a chair and write out painstaking notes between the lines and in the margins. It’s the best way, they say. Meanwhile, you whimper at the cost of printing out all that paper, or the […]
Read More Pro-Tip: Read Your Manuscript in iBooks