Writing Tool: ProWritingAid

DISCLAIMER: All editing software should be used at the discretion of the writer. Editing tools are NOT substitutes for editors to assist with your novel or book. This should be used to help your writing BEFORE editing so you turn in a cleaner copy. PLEASE USE AN EDITOR IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR EXTENSIVE EDITS OR ...

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 ...

Three Reasons Why Rough Drafts are Important

I’m going back to basics today and will explain three reasons why rough drafts are important. (I know, some of you may be looking at me strange, but I swear it’s true. Everyone in each profession does this. What do you think a business plan is?) So let’s get to it, shall we?   #1: Your rough draft is ...

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 ...

Renegade Review’s First Issue

I'm excited to announce that I've finally finished the first issue of my newsletter. After two years, I finally wanted to help others in the communities I'm in when presented with questions. Many of them are the same and I have covered hints and tips for your success. I've also added an easy way to sign ...

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 ...

Showing Vs. Telling Resource – Emotion Thesaurus

How many of us struggle with this issue? I know those writing sometimes know the terms, but can’t determine how to do it properly in a scene. Sometimes I get that way too. But there are wonderful resources to help you in times of need. One resource I found from a beta reader called the Emotion Thesaurus, ...

Budget Writing and What It’s Taught Me

Many people at the jobs I work ask me how I can continue to plug away at my novels and still maintain working the pace I do. The answer I give them is that writing isn’t cheap, which is true. Writing is a business. Most think it is just a hobby but those who know the craft ...

Creating Cover Art and Back Covers

What grabs your attention when you go to pick up a book? Do you look at the back for what it’s about, read a segment or look at cover art? Today, I’m going to talk about what makes an interesting book appealing to readers on the outside. In other words, this post is about grabbing a ...

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