Squashing the Top 11 Excuses That Keep Writers from Success

Excuses are one of the top reasons writers never get published or even finish writing their book. So to give you the best chance at success, here is a list of the most common excuses you might give for why you can’t write today. And then I’ll tell you otherwise by squashing that excuse! Continue reading

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How to Accomplish Your Writing Goals in 5 Easy Steps

The only way you will ever find yourself finishing your manuscript, finding an agent, and landing a book contract is by setting writing goals. As a writer, you have no set structure handed to you. You may have a book deadline, but no one can give you daily or weekly deadlines except yourself. You won’t find yourself magically at the finish line without having done all the work to get there. First, you have to set some goals that are both measurable and attainable to set yourself up for success. Continue reading

The Rose Pt. 2

Thanks for coming back for part 2! Last week, Arabella discovered her fiancé is marrying another. She’s now trying to figure out what to do and will make a decision at the end of this section that will send her on her path to villainy. Continue reading

The Rose Pt. 1

The next few weeks will be pieces of my short story prequel to my novel Monster. This is the story about the villain of Monster before she was evil. It’s the story of Arabella, her heartbreak, and foolish trust in magic. I hope you enjoy this first part of my story titled The RoseContinue reading

My Story and Book Synopsis

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the book I’ve been writing for the last few years and how I got to where I am. I’m at the point right now where I’m trying to build up a readership for my books. The best way to do that is to tell you about them! This may not interest you, but my hope is that you will give my story a chance and listen to my journey and book plans. If you won’t listen to my journey, at least read my book summary and comment your thoughts. Continue reading

Creating a Character Worth Reading About

A story is nothing without a perfectly crafted main character. The protagonist is who the reader will have to live with for the next 300 pages and experience life with. Without an emotional connection, your reader probably won’t keep reading your book.

So how can you create a character that a reader will love and cheer for? Continue reading

Construct a Scene to Build a Story

When you’re writing a book, there are a lot of things you have to think about. First, what is the story about? Then you think about the characters and the setting and every other detail you can think of until you feel prepared to start writing. But how do you go about writing a book? By little bits at a time. Not just actual timewise but also in the way the story is told– through bits of summary and bits of scene. Writing a book is like constructing a building. You need a plan–a blueprint of what you plan to happen in your story. A story is made up of tons of scenes that each has a purpose and builds on the next. Therefore, in order to build a story, you must first learn to construct a scene.  Continue reading