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Inciting Incident: Elements of a Novel

The Inciting Incident | Elements of a Novel – Part 5

Welcome to Part Five of the Elements of a Novel Series! Today is all about the Inciting Incident! (ICYMI, here are the links to Part One: Creating Characters, Part Two: Choosing a Plot Structure, Part Three: Setting and World Building, and Part Four: The Beginning.) The inciting incident is one of the most important elements … Continue reading “The Inciting Incident | Elements of a Novel – Part 5”

Elements of a Novel: Setting and world building

Setting and World Building | Elements of a Novel – Part 3

Welcome to Part Three of the Elements of a Novel Series! Today we’re focusing on setting and world building! (ICYMI, here are the links to Part One: Creating Characters¬†and Part Two: Choosing a Plot Structure.) This is the last element we’re going to talk about before we start moving through the general structure of a … Continue reading “Setting and World Building | Elements of a Novel – Part 3”

Making Your Character's Life Difficult

How to Make Your Character’s Life Difficult: 10 Writing Tips

Let’s face it, stories are better when a character’s life is difficult. It gives your characters something to overcome and your audience something to root for. And not only does it make for a more interesting story, but if your characters have it too easy, they may also be harder for your audience to related … Continue reading “How to Make Your Character’s Life Difficult: 10 Writing Tips”

The Importance of Strong Character Arcs

Writing Tips: The Importance of Strong Character Arcs

Character arcs are an important part of even the most plot-driven¬†novels. If you’ve ever had a hard time getting into or connecting with a book, it’s possible that the character arcs are part of the problem. Character arcs¬†give your¬†characters direction and growth. They give your reader something to root for while making your story significantly … Continue reading “Writing Tips: The Importance of Strong Character Arcs”

20 Places to find awesome character names

Writing Tips: 20 Places to Find Awesome Character Names

You will likely need hundreds, if not thousands, of character names in your writing career. This includes everything from main characters, to secondary characters, to a character’s third cousin who’s mentioned only once. They all need names! Sometimes finding the right name can be both challenging and time-consuming. It’s made even harder if you don’t … Continue reading “Writing Tips: 20 Places to Find Awesome Character Names”

Tackling Impostor syndrome

How to Tackle Impostor Syndrome as a Writer

Impostor Syndrome can be found in pretty much every field, but I’ve noticed it seems particularly common in writers. In case you’ve never heard of impostor syndrome before, it’s essentially when you feel like a fraud in any particular aspect of your life. According¬†to the article linked above, it typically surfaces¬†after a major accomplishment. However, … Continue reading “How to Tackle Impostor Syndrome as a Writer”

Seven Habits for a Successful Writing Session

7 Habits for a Successful Writing Session: Writing Tips

Staying consistently productive isn‚Äôt easy, but it’s a key component to building a happy writing life. So, how can we have a productive writing session day after day? Today I‚Äôm sharing seven habits that help me have consistently successful writing sessions. Ultimately, like most things in writing, you‚Äôre going to have to take the time … Continue reading “7 Habits for a Successful Writing Session: Writing Tips”

How a Creative Shift can Help your writing

How a Creative Shift Can Help You: 5 Great Writing Tips

I’ve talked a lot on Instagram about how I often have two writing projects going at the same time. I’ve found this creative shift to¬†be an incredibly helpful way to keep my creativity fresh. And while this approach is definitely not for everyone, it’s become an essential part of my writing process. If you’ve never … Continue reading “How a Creative Shift Can Help You: 5 Great Writing Tips”

Why Writers should be less critical of art

Why Writers Should Be Less Critical of Art: Writing Life Tips

Social media has made it really easy (and popular) to share our opinions as we experience them. It’s become instinctive to post our immediate thoughts on whatever book/movie/show/etc we’ve recently taken in. The plus side it that it’s a great way to find people who like the same things you do. The downside is that … Continue reading “Why Writers Should Be Less Critical of Art: Writing Life Tips”

How to Create a writing process that works: brainstroming

How to Create a Writing Process That Works: Brainstorming

I’m kicking off¬†a writing process series with tips for developing a writing process that works best for you! Today we’re going to talk about Brainstorming. If you want to skip ahead, here is Part Two: Drafting, and Part Three: Revision and Editing. At this point, I have a pretty finely honed writing process. Does it … Continue reading “How to Create a Writing Process That Works: Brainstorming”

How to Create Characters with the MBTI: 5 Writing Tips

Confession time: I love the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. And as much as I enjoy learning about my own personality type, I appreciate how the MBTI can help create and develop characters. If you’ve never heard of the MBTI, it’s essentially a personality theory (and test) that says there are sixteen personality types. It looks at … Continue reading “How to Create Characters with the MBTI: 5 Writing Tips”

How to Write an unlikable character

How to Write an Unlikable Character: 3 Writing Tips

First, what is an unlikable character? There are probably a few similar definitions out there, but I’ve always thought of them as characters I wouldn’t want to be friends with or invite over for dinner. Maybe they’re the “mean girl,” destructive, or self-destructive–whatever the case may be. The bottom line is, they’re not someone the … Continue reading “How to Write an Unlikable Character: 3 Writing Tips”