Category: Advice for Writers

Ultimate Guide: How To Work With Beta Readers

So you've finished writing, rewriting and self-editing your novel. It should be ready for professional editing, self-publishing or querying now, right? Well, there's actually one more step in the process that we suggest you add: working with beta readers. You've probably heard the term 'beta reader' floating around the publishing sphere. …

5 Surefire Ways To Raise The Stakes Of Your Story

Every story must have stakes. Stakes (especially high ones) keep the plot moving, keep the characters growing and changing, and keep your readers engaged. Without high stakes, your story may feel flat, the pacing of your plot may lag, or the page-turning tension may falter. So, let's delve into what …

When (And How) To Split Your Story Into A Series

You've been working away at your novel, lovingly crafting each word, and the thought occurs to you: should I split this into another book or two? Often this thought comes up when you glance at your word length, steadily increasing beyond your expectations. Splitting or expanding your novel into a series …

6 Quick Tips For Writing Gripping Scenes

Scenes drive your story forward; without them, there would be no novel. Your scenes need to keep your reader on the edge of their seat with your plot and characters because otherwise, they won't keep reading. Looking at your novel on a scene-by-scene basis is a critical step in the writing and editing process. Here's …

9 Simple Activities To Inspire Your Writing

As a writer, it's easy to feel like you've completely exhausted all your ideas when you need to be creative all the time. The good news is, you can never run out of creativity! As John Steinbeck once said, "Ideas are like rabbits, you get a couple and learn how to handle …

4 Signs It’s Time To Quit A Writing Project

There is a romantic myth that surrounds writers. This myth is rife with infatuation, possessiveness and protectiveness: a writer is supposed to be obsessed with their work. Utterly absorbed. If their creative process stalls, or in some instances flatlines, the writer should just work harder. More rewrites, more experimentation. They should even …