As I approach the end of editing my first book (EEK!!) I am looking to the next book. What will I write? Will I continue with the next book in the series? Or will I write a different series I already have in mind? Or should I begin something new and completely stand-alone? … Continue reading What to Write Next?
How do you create a character readers can connect with? It takes more than actions. Heroes and heroines need a past. Read on to find out how to create resonating histories for your characters.
*This is an expanded edition of my guest blog post to Southern Writer’s Magazine on December 14, 2016. Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I taught fifth-grade students to analyze writing. I hadn’t given much thought to applying what I taught to my own writing until… Continue reading WCW: Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears
Have you struggled with flat characters? Difficult to plot stories? A lack of knowledge on how to correct these issues? Oh my! I must admit I fall very solidly in this category. After the ACFW Conference, I realized just how much of a beginner I am. It feels like I have scrapped my story… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: The Story Equation
Are you new to the writing scene? Maybe you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ve even attempted it or completed it. Maybe you are just even wondering what this crazy abbreviate even means. Well, today my goal is to teach you what it is, give some ideas on how to prepare, and to create/share NaNoWriMo goals.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Top Ten
In my search for the perfect story structure and plotting, I have read many books and continue to do so. However, so far, Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure has been my favorite. I love his linear, clear-cut structure. Mr. Hauge’s structure is centered around script writing and is very formulaic. Although the percentages are… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure