Happy new year, everyone! I am so pleased to join Be Your Own Mentor to do one of my favorite writerly things: Encourage and inspire others! *throws confetti and does an embarrassing victory dance* But before we jump into the inspirational part, first an introduction (I promise this pertains to the post, haha). I’ve been … Continue reading Writing Inspiration: Top 5 Lessons from my Year of Writing
Happy 2019!! I love thinking of the new year as a fresh start - whether it’s resetting something I didn’t achieve in the year prior or an entirely new goal for the time ahead. Problem is, a new year doesn’t mean suddenly our days are any different, and our schedules don’t miraculously become unpacked and … Continue reading Making the Time to Write
Maybe it’s just me, but 2018 felt like a battle on so many fronts. Why not kick off the new year with a few craft books to sharpen your skills and get you battle ready for whatever 2019 might bring. There are a lot of great resources out there, but these four books are the … Continue reading Kick-Ass Craft Books to Help You March into Battle!
There’s a popular writerly sentiment that goes something like this: “Writing a book isn’t one skill--it’s actually a bunch of different skills working together.” It’s an idea I wholeheartedly agree with. So many elements need to work for a book to come together seamlessly, from dialogue to prose to that perfectly paced plot twist. All … Continue reading More than Just a Backdrop: How to Create a Fully Immersive Setting
When I finished an early draft of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, my debut YA about twin protagonists grappling with opposite results from a genetic test, I vowed to never write another dual POV book. Two female narrators had been a challenge—there weren’t many other single-gender dual POV YAs I could use as a … Continue reading Twice the POVs, Twice the Fun! (Kind Of)
So, you wrote a marginalized protagonist…. But you’re not marginalized yourself. Maybe your dream agent mentioned wanting one on their manuscript wish list. Perhaps you saw a book deal announcement featuring one on the weekly rights report. Or maybe you wrote this book to give marginalized readers a character they can relate to. “Yes! I’m … Continue reading So, You Wrote a Marginalized Protagonist
Last week, we learned about character motivation and the importance of your main character having an “I Want” song. Two weeks ago, we learned all about agency--how to make sure your main character has an active role in their own story. Now that you’ve crafted motivated main characters, ready to take charge of their story… … Continue reading Creating Compelling Secondary Characters