Letters From The Query Trenches: January 2020

I sent my first query on January 6, 2020, and today is February 3, which means I’ve somehow survived these literary trenches for about a month. I think that was the longest month I’ve ever lived. Of all the questions rattling around my brain for the past several weeks, the primary one has been, “Are the responses I’m receiving about … Read More

5 Tips You Need To Know Before #NaNoWriMo

Friday is the first day of #NaNoWriMo, which means this is the last entry in the National Novel Writing Month blog series of tips & tricks! So far, you’ve learned about outlining plot, character design, and immersive setting. This week, with NaNo lurking just around the corner, I’m sticking to general tips for achieving that sweet, sweet 50,000 word count … Read More

Book Giveaways, Prologue Reveal & Remembering Carrie Fisher

This week, we’re taking a break from the #NaNoWriMo tips blog series. Previously, we’ve discussed outlining plot, designing characters, and constructing setting; next week will be the final #NaNoWriMo tips post, so if you have a suggested topic, please let me know in the comments, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Today is a bit of a departure. I have news … Read More

Top 5 Worldbuilding Tips for Conquering #NaNoWriMo

Welcome back to the National Novel Writing Month blog series! In previous entries, you’ve explored the importance of outlining your plot and your characters. There’s only two more Mondays before #NaNoWriMo participants break from the starting line, hotly pursuing the elusive 50,000-word finish line. Now is the time to design your setting—before your daily word count looms over your creativity. … Read More

How to Develop Dynamic Characters for #NaNoWriMo

The “Star Wars” films (and books, and games, and beyond) feature laser swordfights in space. They include creatures that range from reptilian Rodians to (unfortunately) gangly Gungans. But chances are, when you think of the galaxy far, far away, you think of Luke Skywalker, staring hopefully at the twin suns, or Princess Leia, vaulting into the garbage chute instead of … Read More

3 Reasons You Can’t Survive Without an Outline for NaNoWriMo

You’re hours away from October, which means you’re only a month away from National Novel Writing Month. In honor of the annual 30 days of masochism, I’ll be sharing weekly tips here for anyone—especially young writers—who wants to maximize their literary productivity this November. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo 2019, then first of all, you have my utmost respect as … Read More