#5onFri: Five Reasons New Writers Should Keep Writing

Fledgling writers often face a unique struggle, which unfortunately scares many away. Learning how to work on the myriad areas of craft, figuring out what to write about, writing and sending out pitches, receiving numerous rejections, and maintaining both confidence and stamina makes for a very trying environment. Though it can feel like you’re alone… Read more »

Lose The Mental Clutter and Find Your Focus

Have you seen Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? Marie teaches people how to do a deep declutter of their homes, often prompting emotional awakenings as the clutter is cleared. Change is sparked; lives are redirected. The show is apparently so popular that Goodwill and Salvation Army sites around the country… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Famously Rewritten Novels

Editing is a natural and necessary part of the writing process. But many writers dread revising their work. They’re exhausted from writing the first draft and the thought of changing or deleting words terrifies them. Bestselling books don’t get that way by accident. Rounds of careful revisions are what makes writing shine. Take a page… Read more »

How Writing Book Reviews Makes Me a Better Writer

In the summer of 2017, I attended ThrillerFest—the International Thriller Writers annual conference. A senior editor from Publishers Weekly (PW) was interviewed during one of the luncheons. He offered insights on the magazine’s book review process. I began to wonder what it would be like to review books for the publication, to have the privilege… Read more »

Exercises for Exploring the Theme of Family in Your Writing

Have you noticed we’ve been revisiting the theme of family lately? It’s for good reason, though. Our original case study on family introduced the theme and how it can be explored in stories. Then our more recent posts have investigated it further, and from different angles. If each post were to represent one of the… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways to Craft Strong Female Characters

Strong female characters have been all the rage the last several years, and it’s been great seeing girls kick some serious behind. But girls don’t have to swing a sword or beat the villain to a pulp with their bare hands in order to be strong. There are many kinds of strength and many kinds… Read more »