5 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Think You Want to Stop

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As we reach the end of November, those of us who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) scramble to get our 50,000 words written. Whether you are participating in NaNoWriMo or not, being a writer can sometimes get discouraging. Continue reading

7 Ways to Win NaNoWriMo


So even though the timing is kind of weird, and I’m already in the middle of another novel, I have decided (at the last minute) to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) anyway. Originally I was going to participate Continue reading

6 Ways to Deal with all of the Waiting Involved in Publishing


You just wrote a novel. Yay! Now if you want to get traditionally published, you have to get a literary agent. This can be a very lengthy process, especially if you query agents in batches (which is the best way Continue reading

5 Things to Do to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month


Happy October! Or for many of us writers, happy month before NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November and invites writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. It’s a Continue reading

YouTube: A Good Resource for Writers?


As it turns out, there is a lot more on YouTube than just music videos and cute cat videos. There is an entire community of YouTubers who talk about books (referred to as BookTube). There are YouTubers who talk about activism Continue reading

5 Ways to Start Your Novel with a Bang


Whether you pursue self-publishing or traditional publishing, the beginning of your book is extremely important. You can write the best novel ever, but if your first chapter or even your first five pages don’t entice the reader, the world may Continue reading

There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice


You might think it’s a little weird for someone who spends a lot of their non-writing time giving writing advice to essentially say, “sometimes you should forget about my advice.” But sometimes, you really should forget about my advice. All writing advice Continue reading

Write What You Want to Write


So many writers spend too much time thinking about publishing trends. Maybe you see the success of books like THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT so you think, “I should really try writing a YA dystopian novel!” Or maybe you’ve seen Continue reading