Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo

As we all know, National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, is just around the corner (though considering it’s done all over the world these days, it might need a name change). If you are not familiar with the tradition, it’s basically that every year authors try to write a novel in the course…

How To Write By The Seat of Your Pants

If anyone out there outlines (and succeeds by this method), please leave a comment below because I would love to feature a guest post on the plotting method. There is no one method that works for everyone.  You need to write in whatever way will get the book finished.  Some of us write by the…

Author Joleene Naylor’s Writing/Publishing Process

Everyone writes a book differently and each author swears by their own methods.  As far as I see it, the only wrong way is the way that doesn’t work for you. That said, I’m going to share my bizarre way of novel creation. Rough (bad) draft. Ideally, I like to do this in a month without an outline. I have…

Writing an Original Novel: Ten Tips for Ideas by Michael M. Griffin

One simple idea may make you a success. One simple idea may spawn the next bestseller. However, for new writers, it’s hard to develop an original trademark. Speaking as an upcoming writer myself, I have gathered a list of ten writing tips over the course of my journey. If you have trouble with developing ideas,…

Adding Humor to Your Scenes

Writing is serious business and if you want your work to succeed you must develop good skills. This takes work. It involves attending writing conferences and workshops as well as critique groups. Hours of pursuit to hone your talents. How do you release these stresses for perfection? Write humorous scenes. They bring smiles to the…

The 3 Act Plot Structure by Jerry Dunne

The plot isn’t a series of events that move forward in a random way. The events are connected by cause and effect and have a very definite structure to them. The plot for the short story can be structured like a 3 act play and like in a play the acts are divided into scenes….

Ideas: Where do you keep yours?

I’m an organized writer that lives in an organized mess. Everything has a place, though I’m sure that anyone looking at my desk would disagree with me on that. My wonderful hubby is just such a person. 😀 He also doesn’t understand my propensity to collect story ideas. Every time I turn around I’m coming…

Tips to Writing a Rough Draft in 30 Days

Writing a novel is an enormous undertaking on its own, but to do so in 30 days is even more so. It may seem to be an impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a little planning on your part and depending on if you are a plotter (organize everything…