Planning Flash Fiction

Flash fiction, as we’ve discussed here before, is one of those things you can pick up during a short break. Even if you have no more than 20 minutes to write, it’s possible to whip up a story. The key to writing great flash fiction, however, is a plan. Much like writing a novel, you… Read more »

#5onFri: Five World-Building Tips for Writers of All Genres

Every story needs a solid, vivid world that readers can lose themselves in for hours and remember long after they’ve reached The End. Whether that world is another planet, a land of mythical creatures, ancient Egypt, or a modern-day university doesn’t matter. If it feels real to the reader, then the writer has succeeded with… Read more »

Episode 34: Archetypes for Supporting Characters

Hello and thank you for tuning in! Today we’re going to talk about 5 common supporting character archetypes. But first, I want to remind you to sign up for the DIY MFA email list, so you can receive my mostly weekly updates as well as all the wonderful tips and information I have to share… Read more »

To Anyone Who’s Been Slammed by a Writing Teacher

A few weeks ago, this article by Ryan Boudinot got the writing world up in arms. In it Boudinot lists eight things about MFA’s that he can now say since he no longer teaches in one of these programs. While the article is harsh, it’s not ground-breaking. Newsflash: writing is hard and some people will hate your… Read more »

How to Stop Spamming and Grow Your Network

“My new book is out! Buy for $2.99 on Amazon! [LINK]” “Have you read my new novel yet? Get it now! [LINK]” “ ‘MY BOOK TITLE’ #kindle #bestseller [LINK]” Do these spam author posts feel familiar? It’s become a common author stereotype on social media networks to constantly post asking people to please, for the… Read more »

Episode 33: Find Your Voice

Hello and thank you for joining me today! In this episode we’re going to talk about how to find your voice as a writer. This is an important topic, but one that’s often difficult to discuss because voice can be so elusive. But before I dive in, I want to give a shout-out Leanne and say thanks… Read more »

How Mirror Characters Can Illustrate Literary Themes

Stories often feature characters who share traits or functions but use them in opposite ways. Think about Frodo Baggins and Gollum, Harry Potter and Voldemort, or Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. The characters in each pair reflect one another’s similarities while contrasting their differences in approaching those similarities. These pairs are known as “mirror characters” –… Read more »

#5OnFri:  Upper-Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction

Do you know a tween or young teen who has moved on from Harry Potter but isn’t ready for Hunger Games?  Loved Inkheart but found Twilight too heavy on the sappy romance? Have I got the list for you!  From under-aged criminals to giant cockroaches, there are some attention-grabbing books available! Here are five fantasy/science fiction… Read more »