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?
Writing a protagonist isn't always easy. It's something I've had trouble with myself, but one thing I've always tried to do with whatever I write is to make the character likable in some way. For me, that is the number one priority.
Sometimes when you're writing, you need a little help. Sometimes that means a huge undergoing of research, as you'll see from my research tag. Other times it is the dumbest things you'll ever see. Here's 12 of the dumbest, funniest, and downright bizarre things I've recently googled for the sake of my creative writing. "How … Continue reading 12 Bizarre Questions I’ve Googled As A Writer
Have you built your author platform on shaky ground? I've noticed some worrying traps aspiring authors are falling into - and I know because I'm an aspiring author who has fallen into these traps myself.
When I started sharing the research that's going into my novels, the first strange tidbit I talked about was robots who love you back. This was for a science fiction novel I was working on, and those of you who have been keeping up with me might have noticed that there hasn't been so much … Continue reading Stuck Between Two Ideas For The Same Story
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
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
If you're a writer looking to be traditionally published, you will have heard of comp titles. A comp title or a comparison title can be used to give agents a general idea for what to expect from the book you want to publish. As an aspiring author myself, I have been on a journey to … Continue reading Finding The Perfect Comp Title: Imaginary Friend By Stephen Chbosky
I've decided to count my writing achievements. And you should too.
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.