Why is it so difficult to find a fitting name for your character? One of your first thoughts might be to ask, but it’s tough when you need a name for a character and you hear things like “You can’t write if you can’t think of a name” or “Look it up.” While you’ll get […]
It’s hard to figure out when your book is ready for an agent, an editor, or a publisher. You write it, revise, send it to beta readers, revise again, stare at it for a few more weeks, hate it, love it, then hate it again. That’s about right, correct? But when are you done? When […]
I started writing again recently, and I barreled through about twenty thousand words in the first five days of my week. For me, that turned out to be three or four chapters. I think. The last chapter in Catcher in the Rye isn’t even a full page. Some chapters in other books can be twenty […]
Many sequels don’t compare to the original, and this applies both to books and movies. Sequels are interesting and worth the read, but readers might find themselves putting a bookmark in more often along the way. The only thing really driving them forward is the desire to find out what happens to the character(s) they […]
It’s not a topic addressed often, but it’s a question often asked internally. Writers are filled with self-doubt, usually, and the idea of feeling such doubt can rock you on the ledge between writing and not writing. First, I want to tell you that you’re not alone with your insecurities. The most heard phrase (I think) […]
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