Monday's Motivation

Write a Novel Around Your Busy Schedule (Part 2)

Writing on the bad days. So you’re doing your best to make time for the keyboard, but when you sit down, it’s a struggle. Every sentence seems painstakingly poised to harm the soul of your piece, and you feel like you’re wasting time. Writers have bad days. You’ve carved a small amount of time out… Continue reading Write a Novel Around Your Busy Schedule (Part 2)

Monday's Motivation

Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 3)

As we’ve discussed how to increase tension, we’ve primarily focused on the external conflicts. But the internal conflict may matter just as much, if not more. We write stories for imperfect people, in an imperfect world. Many readers desire the happily-ever-after. I don’t think this irony should be lost on us. See, our readers engage… Continue reading Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 3)

Monday's Motivation

Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 2)

Last week, we discussed the basic development of tension in our novels. Today, we’re diving deeper. What strengthens the existent tension? I think the answer is really two-fold. 1.) The cost. Great novels force readers to invest. Have you ever heard someone say make your characters likable? They’re saying that to help increase your tension. When a… Continue reading Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 2)

Monday's Motivation

Obtaining Your Goals (Part 3): Editing

You’ve finished the first draft of your WIP…congratulations! Now enter with me into a new stage–editing. For some writers, editing is the nemesis, but it doesn’t have to drive you insane. Let’s set some practical standards. First, take advice. You have spent hours writing your piece. You’re invested. It’s hard to separate from the words… Continue reading Obtaining Your Goals (Part 3): Editing