Writers are always told they need a great concept, but what if your story problems lie in a concept that's too great? Let me explain.
New Years Resolutions are often met with eyerolls. It's a classic tale of promising to Not Do The Thing or to Do The Thing, a promise that lasts all of five seconds, and is forgotten about by the end of January. No surprise, I am guilty of this. And I bet you are too. Why … Continue reading My 2023 Writing Resolutions (And How You Can Meet Yours)
I've done NaNoWriMo a couple of times now and it has it's pros and cons. It's certainly not for everyone. Here's some signs it might not be for you.
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?
I have re-written my first chapter for my dark fantasy WIP In Roots They Quake 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.
Cinema is not what it used to be. The problem with modern filmmaking.
When querying a book, it's often vital for two or more comparison titles to be included in the pitch. Comparison or comp titles are books that are similar to the one being queried. They're a way to help an agent or publisher picture the concept, tone, and market, transforming that coddled manuscript into a commercial product.