How to Write During a Pandemic

Hi all, Normally I keep this blog focused on writing advice and steer away from politics, but with the COVID-19 pandemic raging and all the accompanying uncertainty about our future post-climate change, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a writer on a rapidly changing planet. What’s our responsibility in a … read more

How to Read Like a Writer

This month’s post comes from a great Ask I got recently on Tumblr: How do I critically look at another person’s writing and implement what I like in their writing in my own writing? I’ve been having trouble improving in my writing, and frankly I’m not sure how to go about doing that, even. It’s … read more

What if Your First Draft DOESN’T Suck?

Hear me out on this one. There’s a lot of advice out there (I’ve given it myself) about being okay with writing a shitty first draft, and I basically agree with the premise. Too many new writers get paralyzed with the expectation that they should be able to sit down and barf out a flawless … read more

How to Do World-Building Research

Whether you’re building a fantasy world from complete scratch, or mentally designing the suburban house your very realistic story will take place in, at a certain point in your writing process you’ll need to plan out your story world. Here are a few world-building research methods to get you started: Ask Questions Ask anything and … read more

How to Properly Format a Manuscript for Submission

Hello fiction writers! Today I’m covering a question I get asked a lot: How do you properly format a fiction manuscript for submission? With small press publishers, literary magazine editors, and literary agents under an increasing amount of stress, formatting your manuscript correctly is more important than ever. As a professional fiction editor and a … read more

10 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them

While a great editor can bring your fiction to its highest level and teach you priceless writing skills in the process, other editors can leave you in worse shape than you started—frustrated, confused, and out a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I don’t want that to happen to you, writers! In this post, … read more

Creating Character Arcs with the DCAST Method

Creating Character Arcs Using the DCAST Method Hiya! In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a story-level character arc using the DCAST method. For a bonus printable workbook, head over to my Free Resource Library. Sound good? Super. Let’s get started. Intro: Character arcs defined So… what is a character arc? … read more

How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story

Welcome, fiction writers! In this post, we’ll be looking at how to choose the right point of view for your story. If you like, you can download a free, printable Point of View Cheatsheet in my Free Resource Library to go along with this post. Point of View: An Introduction Simply stated, point of view … read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Multiple Point of View

A Beginner’s Guide to Multiple Point of View Just starting out? Click here for an introduction to the five basic points of view. What is multiple point of view? In multiple point of view, we get the perspectives of multiple characters within a single story. You have three options with multiple point of view: Multiple … read more