In the literary world, every day is International Women’s Day, and every month is Women’s History Month. The real world just hasn’t caught up to speed with the lady bosses of lit—yet.
There are a million things that go into writing a novel. Here are twenty-seven of the handiest tips I’ve collected so far.
It’s not just fun to say; NaNoWriMo is a website, a nonprofit organization, a widespread writing community, and a challenge all rolled into one.
Fiction writing lends itself to an endless array of characters, from humans to mythical creatures: borrowed, created, or something in between.
Every writer creates their own type of outline. Or, sometimes they don’t.
Writing romance (without sounding like a sap) doesn’t have to be an exercise in clichés. Learn to avoid this genre’s tired tropes, or at least how to use them to your advantage.
Showing vs. telling: both are key to establishing mood and tone, and creating an immersive storytelling experience.
Black and white is great for photography. In stories? Not so much. Painting your fictional characters in shades of grey is crucial.
Writing action sequences (without punching yourself or your audience in the face) is a delicate art.
There is no right way to create and use character backstories, but with practice and revisions, you can find the happy medium between too much and not enough.