Maintaining Focus while Remaining Open

Maintaining Focus while Remaining Open

When it comes to writing, no matter where you are in terms of skill or talent, it's important to keep focused on your own goals while also keeping yourself open to new ideas, techniques, and attitudes. It is a personal balance between application of knowledge and individual direction. Discernment is a powerful tool for an [...]

Chapter length: How long is too short?

Chapter length is a decision every author has to make when putting together a novel. While less of an issue with short stories, novels have to be broken up in ways that are easily consumable by readers. There is no specific number that is the ideal length for a chapter. Like most elements of a novel, [...]

S is for Self-Editing #AtoZChallenge

S is for Self-Editing #AtoZChallenge

Self-editing is best done as a multi-stage process. Don't expect to edit everything at once and be done with it. There are a great deal of articles written about this topic and here is a link roll of them! Self-Editing Basics: 10 Simple Ways to Edit Your Own Book Self-Editing by Lori Handeland How to [...]

K is for Knockoff #AtoZChallenge

K is for Knockoff #AtoZChallenge

Originality is a concern of a lot of writers, especially when first starting out. Despite pitches being based on "it's like X met Y and a little bit of Z", some writers are terrified to be compared to other works in that way. It's a worry that they're just some kind of cheap copy of [...]

B is for Beat #AtoZChallenge

Beat is a word that has many different connotations ascribed to it. Even in writing, it can have multiple meanings. For instance; A beat sheet or the Beat Generation. A beat sheet is an outline structure used by writers in various different ways. It can be broken down into different types of points. Points like [...]