Is Fan Fiction A Productive Use Of A Writer’s Time?

Here's some common opinions of fanfiction: Fanfiction is all, ahem, erotic. Fanfiction is badly written. Fanfic authors who go onto to be published authors write really bad books. Fanfic is dumb. It's a hobby for awkward young teens. Basically fanfic is viewed as a lesser literary form - if we dare call it literary at … Continue reading Is Fan Fiction A Productive Use Of A Writer’s Time?

The Effect Of Splitting A Novel Into Parts

Most books are divided into chapters, but some books are divided into chapters and 'parts.' Some people think breaks like this are arbitrary. These people are wrong. Not so long ago, I decided to split my novel into parts. This might have been partially influenced from the number of books I was reading at the … Continue reading The Effect Of Splitting A Novel Into Parts

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4 Ways To Know If Your Opening Chapters Are Working

I have re-written my first chapter for my dark fantasy WIP A Path Of Roots a few times now, but in the past week I've hit on a version of the opening that is really working for me. Granted, it's impossible for me to know this early whether these chapters will be in the published … Continue reading 4 Ways To Know If Your Opening Chapters Are Working

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3 Things Plotters Don’t Understand About Pantsers

Every writer has heard the "pantsing" versus "plotting" debate. The crux of the debate is that some writers prefer to plan a lot before they start their novel and others don't plan as much. In a community dominated by plotters, here's some things I wish people understood about writing a novel by the seat of your pants.