Why I’m pro fanfic

What’s a good way to train yourself to write a great novel? Writing fanfiction. Of course fanfic is becoming less and less taboo, so much so that it feels silly to trumpet it as a Good Thing because, obviously, it’s not a Bad Thing. Regardless, I want to...

Revision Tips 2: Revision methods

So you need to revise your novel… but how do you actually, you know, *do* that? Especially if you are allergic to outlines/a total pantser, a revision is a daunting task. In general, I do not recommend tackling too many full book revisions as that way lies total...

Revision Tips 1: Types of Revisions

With NaNoWriMo behind us and many happy novelists soon to be doing revisions under the Pitch Wars mentors, December (and probably also January) are shaping up to be big revision months. Revision is a key part of the process, and even if you have a pretty good book, if...

Finding the right critique partners

Critique partners come in all shapes and sizes, and the types of critique partners we need can vary depending on the author’s strengths and weaknesses, and even the specific manuscript in question. I’ve seen many people seeking CPs but not necessarily...

Find your writing m.o. (or, how to write a novel)

Before I actually managed to write a novel, I scoured the Internet and posts by people who had somehow managed to successfully write one (or many!) to see how on earth they did it. Naturally, now that I have successfully completed a novel (whoot!), it is time for me...

Writing what you love vs. writing for the market

Authoress posted this morning about writing the story that is inside of you–regardless of what is going on in the market. Specifically, she recounts that her dream project, a dystopian, was simply the book that was meant to be, and she wasn’t paying...