Novel Outlining Tips

There is some debate about whether outlining a novel is a good thing or if it stifles the creative process. Some writers live by the outline while others like the raw feeling of just writing with no plan in place. I am not going to debate the pros or cons of either method. I think you should do what works for you and ignore everyone else. After all, it is your novel and your writing process.

For the purpose of this post, we are looking at methods of outlining your novel. There are so many methods it can be hard to whittle your way through them to find the method that works best for you. I am not claiming to know the best method. I do not and could not because I am not you. Makes sense right? Read more ›

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Daily Reads For Writers #1

Daily Reads For Writers #1

The name is a bit contradictory since I plan to publish these posts weekly and not daily, but you get the idea.

Writing, like anything else you want to be good at, requires training, education and practice. We learn from teachers and by doing, but sometimes we overlook our peers. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and I learn something new daily. You simply cannot learn everything from a book or from a teacher. You need information from people that are in the trenches and have succeeded using the path you have chosen.

So every Friday I will post links to blogs I find helpful. A Friday post means you have all weekend to look around and decide if the blogs fit your style or have information you find helpful. No slacking allowed- these blogs will help you. They help me.

Ok, less of my rambling and on to the good stuff:

Jane Friedman

Christina Katz

Digital Book World

If you would like to share a link, or perhaps you would like your blog included in future lists, please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.

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2014 Self-Publishing Guide

Does the thought of self-publishing scare you? Do you think self-publishing your book will limit its market appeal or reduce your credibility as a writer? If you do, you are wrong and you should not be scared of getting your hands dirty. Plus, I have done all the research for you.

Self-publishing is widely used and a perfectly acceptable way to get your book in front of readers. You can spend months of time and lots of dollars putting together proposals and mailing them or you can self-publish. Either method works if you have written a good book, but self-publishing offers more control over your book and where it will end up in the grand scheme of things. Read more ›

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Writing Prompt #1

Writing more often and with reckless abandon are great methods to practice writing. Writing prompts are little clues or hints to get your creative juices flowing. Since most of us are surrounded by the same things day in and day out so variety is hard to find. We need writing prompts and the like to help us break out of the stale environment we live in and find new things to write about.

I am starting a new campaign to provide you with more writing prompts. Some will be hard and some will be ridiculous, but every third Thursday of each month I will post an image with a few hints or ideas to get you started. The images could be anything from a nebula floating in deep space to a simple color. All you have to do is write about the image- creatively. Read more ›

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