The Ultimate Guide to Plotting Your Novel Without Thinking

Look, we've all been there before. You have this great idea for a book, but then you realize you have to make a plot to go with it...and you die a little on the inside. Maybe you do a simple Google search like "How to plot a novel", click on the first article, and die … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Plotting Your Novel Without Thinking

The Ultimate Guide to Editing a Book Without Dying

We as people firmly believe that writing is just as much of an art as music, and no one ever plays a piece to the best of their ability their first run-through. Unless they were sight reading, which still means the level of the piece wasn't the hardest it could be. Though, that's a conversation … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Editing a Book Without Dying

How To Write a Threatening, Complex Villain

Of all the things that go into a story to make it feel complete and not just a bundle of ideas, the villain is arguably the most important element. Coincidentally, it's also one of the hardest pieces to write, as well as the most enjoyable. There's something satisfying about creating a big baddie who wants … Continue reading How To Write a Threatening, Complex Villain

6 Ways to Create a Better Plot

Are you staring hopelessly at your manuscript yet again? Are you stuck at a plot point, wishing your plot would float magically towards you on a silver platter? It's a common question on every writer's mind: How can I make my plot even better than it is? How can I create a plot in such … Continue reading 6 Ways to Create a Better Plot

What Makes A Character Likable?

Think about it. You're in the middle of reading a great book, a wonderful book. You love the plot and the setting and the writing - until suddenly, a character is introduced and you hate them. You detest the very sight of them. You skip the parts with them in it. When you talk about … Continue reading What Makes A Character Likable?

How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb

Blurbs are, in short, a sneak preview into a book, designed to entice the reader to pick it up. Done right, you get a somewhat mysterious passage that introduces the major conflict, main character(s), and setting - though not in great detail, mind you. Basically, it's the books chance to tell you why it's different … Continue reading How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb

4 Overused Fantasy Tropes | Part 1

About two months back, I did a post entitled 4 Overused Dystopian Tropes. Since it was definitely a blast to compile those tropes and share my unnervingly nerdy knowledge of dystopian literature with you folks, I decided to another one, this time with fantasy tropes. However, after I started making a list, I realized the … Continue reading 4 Overused Fantasy Tropes | Part 1

5 Things We Want More of in Books

Do you ever wander down the fiction aisles of your library perusing the many dead tattooed trees and sigh in frustration as none entice you? Because they all seem to have been written following a specific set of instructions? Insert creepy stalker love interest here. Delete actual, accurate POC representation from Chapter 7. Include an … Continue reading 5 Things We Want More of in Books

The 6 Best Romance Tropes

Ah, the beauty of teenage love. So sweet, so pure, so everlasting...said no one ever. And yet, you'd be hard-pressed to find a YA book without any romance. Why is that? Simply because, if done right, romances add that extra spark to your fantasy/science fiction/historical/realistic/etc. fire and can even attract readers that would otherwise only … Continue reading The 6 Best Romance Tropes