The Three Things Readers want from Writers

Have you ever started to write a story or even a novel, and as you begin, you wonder what will make your story stand out? What is it that readers are looking for that will keep them turning the page? Readers are looking for a) Entertainment, b) Challenge, and c) Surprise. But how can youContinue reading “The Three Things Readers want from Writers”

Good Advice from Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is an American author of children’s books. He was born on 20 March 1954. (This information comes from his website, and I think it is sound advice for authors wishing to write children’s books.) After graduating from law school, Sachar practiced law part-time while writing children’s books. In 1989, he became a full-time writer. HeContinue reading “Good Advice from Louis Sachar”

S.M.A.R.T. Goals and your Writing

One of the buzzword that flies around from time to time is SMART goals. The hype is that everyone should set goals – but they need to be SMART. That’s a great premise, but first you need to understand what is so special about these goals. It all lies in the word, SMART. It isContinue reading “S.M.A.R.T. Goals and your Writing”

Using Dialogue in Your Writing

One of the biggest problem areas I encounter when I’m doing peer reviews or acting as a Judge on Reedsy.com is the way writers handle dialogue. Dialogue is tricky to write – partly because the writer needs to find a voice for their character that is different from their own, AND partly because the punctuationContinue reading “Using Dialogue in Your Writing”

Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel

Death is often used in stories. It could be a murder, a suicide, or only the power of Mother Nature. However, there are critical pitfalls to avoid when using death to enhance the plot of your work. Reasons You Shouldn’t use to eliminate a character: Don’t do it if:            ThisContinue reading “Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel”

Staying on Track with your Writing Goals

Okay, we are beginning the month of February. I blogged last week about attaining your goals for the year and given readers some ideas of how to get started. It is very important that you set S.M.A.R.T goals – they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. (More about S.M.A.R.T goals coming next week.) ButContinue reading “Staying on Track with your Writing Goals”

Beginning a New Story or Book

This is my first official Blog Post for the year 2021. I apologize to those of you who follow my Blog for writing tips and information. I’m getting off to a slow start – political events sidelined a lot of my work. BUT here I am – ready and willing to present you with aContinue reading “Beginning a New Story or Book”

Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles (cont’d)

To continue the series about the Elements of a Great Book, I’m discussing characters and their roles. Last time, we discussed the importance of the protagonist, or your MC, and the antagonist – the source of the problems. (And YES – I am repeating some information from previous Blogs – I feel these points areContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles (cont’d)”

Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles

It only stands to reason that the characters in your story are essential. For the most part, whether you are writing a short story or a novel, there are always going to be a protagonist, the Main Character, and the antagonist – the biggest problem in your MC’s existence. And while these two elements areContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles”