Outlining

For the last few days, I've been plotting my next several projects. Some PMed or left me email, asking about my drafting process, which facilitated this post. I’m working on my second outline out of five, so I expect to be busy for a while. There is no right way to draft when referring to planning ...

When To Romantically Pair Characters (or Shipping) and When Not To

This topic is dear to me because in today's society, it is a growing trend to just throw two main characters together  because readers want this premise. This is known as shipping and it’s a trope that is overused often. Often, we hear that we're writing for our readers. While that's true, not everything should be about ...

Why You Need Character Flaws

Character quirks (or personality flaws) are essential for any great story and many writers struggle with this concept. (Don't worry, I've been in that special club, too. I promise.) But you need people to be different, authentic and real. Without real characters, there is no story. People aren't perfect and I like to find someone that is. Until then, I'm not ...

Three Important Steps To Character Evolution

Once, there was a girl who was clueless on how to make a good character bio. Instead, she wrote a 75 page backstory and thought she nailed her main characters down. Because this was when she first started writing, she just ended up more confused about how to find out her character goals and her motivation. Then she couldn't figure out ...

Character and Chapter Conceptualization Tutorial

How many people know someone who wrote a novel, but gave up before they became published? Have they just left their manuscript unfinished? Did they send it to an editor and not agree with the changes that needed to be done? Were they upset when they were told it needs too much work and to redraft ...

Outlining a Novel Effectively

Outlining is one of the hardest parts of novel writing for me because this means I have to cut out things that I usually thought were good at the brainstorming stage. For me, this stages involves the use for a program called Scrivener. Many writers already have this, so I feel it’s safe for me to ...

Q&A About Writing Process

I have been SEVERELY busy and sick due to health issues so that’s why there’s a lag in blog posts. These issues are still ongoing and will be updated as I know what's going on. But onto today's post, in which I’ll be answering the various questions I have about how my writing process works. There have ...

Evolving from 1st Draft to Beyond

I'm going to talk about the importance of reviewing your drafts in any publication. This started when I got my new software after many recommendations from other writers, and I had to make a compilation of notes.  Now, up until I got Scrivener, I was using MS Word and OneNote for all my projects. And while ...

Reviewing Old Works

I am finally back from my long hiatus . . . I had a close family member in constant hospitalization since January of this year, and she finally had her last surgery this afternoon. She's had two this year alone. I'm hoping she's okay now. Today I'm going to talk about a topic that has come ...

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