There are many things that can dangle in terms of the grammatical side of writing: participles, prepositions at the end of sentences, fragments, the list goes on. But one that most writers forget about is the dangling plot line. In a story, every scene, discussion, and decision a character makes or is a part of … Continue reading Wrangling the Dangler: Unresolved Plots
Hello all, and Happy Mother's Day! Today's post in courtesy on my friend Tanner, about his thoughts on pantsing a novel. Enjoy! First, I want to thank Claerie for having me on the blog. She is an amazing writer and I always look forward to reading her posts. It was especially interesting to see how … Continue reading Writing Styles: Part 2
This is a two-part blog series extending on previous posts I've done about outlining. This one is going to focus on my outlining process for my current WIP, The Trinketeer, and then my friend Tanner is going to post about how he writes his novels. Most of my regular readers probably know that I am … Continue reading Writing Styles Part 1
So far in this series, we’ve talked about the difference between Beta Readers (Betas) and Critique Partners (CPs), how to find the best CP for you, and how to be a good CP. We're going to continue that trend this week by talking about some of the qualities of a setting up a good … Continue reading How to Find The Best Beta for You
So far in this series, I’ve talked about the differences between Beta Readers (Betas) and Critique Partners (CPs) and how and where to find CPs. This week, I'm going to talk about what it takes to be a good CP. Some of these tips might cross over into my post about Betas when I talk … Continue reading Being a Good Critique Partner
Last week, I talked about the difference between Beta Readers (Betas) and Critique Partners (CPs) when it comes to the editing portion of the writing process. This week, we're going talk about how to find those partners. Since CPs tend to come into the picture before Betas, we're going to address them first. Things to Know … Continue reading How to Find The Best CP for You
This week's topic, and the series to follow it, is thanks to my friend Tanner Childs, and some of the information is inspired by Kim Chance’s Youtube video on the same topic. Beta Readers (Betas) and Critique Partners (CPs) are two groups of people who are essential to the author’s editing process. They typically come … Continue reading Critique Partners v. Beta Readers
Last week we talked about why I think chapters are important to a longer work. While any and all of those reasons are valid, knowing that you should have chapters is an entirely different animal than actually writing them. Today I'm going to give you my top tips for creating engaging and meaningful chapters. Decide … Continue reading Chapters: How Do I Write One?
There are many components to writing a book, but few as daunting for over-writers like me as figuring out how in the world to divide your book up into chapters- either once it’s written, or during the drafting process. This post and next week’s are inspired by author Kim Chance’s recent video. "But, Claerie,” you’re … Continue reading Chapters: Why Are They Important?
Last week, I talked about what it meant to “show not tell” in your writing. To recap: I think of telling as giving the straight facts of a situation, and showing as painting a picture of the situation for the reader. I explained how I believed showing to be a more immersive form of writing … Continue reading Showing vs. Telling: When Should You Do It?