How to Set the Mood in Your Novel

That may sound like a silly question. How can a novel set a mood? But novels do create a mood, and that mood will affect how the reader feels about your story and it’s characters. It will also impact how the reader processes the main ideas of your story. We tend to focus on the… Read more »

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Coming Up With the Perfect Title for Your Novel

This may startle you, but your book’s title is the most important marketing strategy you have. It doesn’t matter if you self-publish or go with a traditional publisher, whether you have an enticing cover design, or whether you’ve nailed the first line of your novel. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve written a good story…… Read more »

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Character-Driven Vs. Plot Driven: Which is Best

As a writer, one of the very first things you’ll need to learn about yourself is if you prefer to focus on character or on plot. Wait, why? Is it a binary choice where you have to prefer one or the other? Sorta. But hear me out. To me, the best stories have both great… Read more »

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A Guide to Writing Your Novel in One Year

You’ve probably heard the tales of people who spend their entire lives writing a novel. It seems so noble. Year after year, they churn out a chapter or two, carving out characters as real to them as family members. They work on an unpredictable schedule that’s dictated by mood or inspiration. Then, after years of… Read more »

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Your Guide to Writing a Convincing Villain

My first foray into villainy was Saturday morning cartoons, specifically those darn Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner cartoons. That crazy coyote never gave up and was obviously pegged as the villain. Although I got the sneaky suspicion that the audience was supposed to hate the coyote, I just couldn’t. He was surrounded by a… Read more »

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Start It Already: How to Start Your Novel

When I was a little girl, I thought every great story should start with the words “once upon a time”. It was a simple (if not overused) phrase but it had the power to immediately transport me to another time and place. Once I heard those four magical words, I was primed and pumped. While… Read more »

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How to Write a Convincing Mystery

Need help writing your mystery novel? Mysteries are fun to read and equally fun to write. That said, there are a few rules you need to follow to create a slow burning page-turner that keeps the reader guessing until the last chapter. Let’s discuss what you need to know to create a nail-biting whodunit. Read… Read more »

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How to Plan a Book Series

Are you thinking of writing a book series, but not sure where to start? You’ve landed on the right post. In this post, we’re discussing all things book series. You should know this upfront: Writing a book series can be incredibly challenging (that’s the bad news), but it’s also one of the best ways to… Read more »

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