articles A Writing Lesson from Hocus Pocus I watched Hocus Pocus for the first time in years. Yet I somehow remembered almost every scene and a ton of the lines. Either I Read More » October 26, 2021 No Comments How to Get Unstuck Are you feeling stuck with your writing? Not just any kind of stuck. The kind of stuck that happens because the inner critic sits on Read More » October 5, 2021 No Comments How I Wrote a Book in Two Months So I did a thing. I wrote a book in two months. I know, I know. It’s not in a month because it’s not November. Read More » July 27, 2021 No Comments Why You Need to Write Your Book Now Last week, for the first time in forever, I got to go to a local art gallery. I saw the most incredible things: a sculpture Read More » July 20, 2021 No Comments How to Go Pro When I was a kid, the first day of school was always a big deal for me. I wanted to make a great impression after Read More » June 1, 2021 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Euphoria I’ve recently really gotten into the show Euphoria. I know I’m late to the party, and I know it’s not for everyone (it can be Read More » May 18, 2021 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 … Page48 Next » Newsletter Is your idea book-worthy? Take the quiz. Step 1 of 3 33% Your Name*Your Email* Are you a fiction or non-fiction writer?*FictionNon-Fiction How long has this idea lived in your head?I got this idea today!It has been floating in my brain for the past few months.I have been living with this idea for over six months.How well do you know your characters?I think I know their names. I think.I know them somewhat. I know what they look like and a few of their interests, but I don’t know much more than that.I know them better than I know my family and friends. I think my boyfriend is a bit jealous.Do you know what your protagonist wants?Wait. She wants something?I know what career she wants.I truly understand her deepest desires. I know the things that she is afraid to admit even to herself.Is someone or something preventing your character from getting their desires?Umm, no. I don’t want to be mean!I have a vague idea of a man that is getting in her way, but I am not clear on the details yet.Oh, yeah. I already know all the ways the antagonist will thwart her efforts to reach her dreams.If you are writing a fantasy, do you know the rules of magic?I don’t believe in rules. It’s magic! Anything is possible.I have one or two written down.Let me pull out the rulebook…Not applicable.Can you summarize your book in a sentence?Well, you see, it started on a March Day. Lindsey wasn’t enjoying the weather, so she called her friend, Dave. They decided to…Yes, but it is a really long sentence.Yep! I can say it really easily, too. How long has this idea lived in your head?I got this idea today!It has been floating in my brain for the past few months.I have been living with this idea for over six months.Do you have a message?Umm, I have one on Facebook.!I have a vague idea of one.Yep!Do you have an outline for your book?I have some ideas scribbled on the back of a napkin.I have a general outline.I have a chapter outline done!Do you know who your audience is?I am assuming you aren’t talking about the one in the local movie theater…I have a vague idea. I know what gender I am targeting.I can tell you everything about them! I know what they want and what is getting in their way.Do you know what makes your book different from others?You mean I can’t just copy my favorite book?I think so. I know one or two things that distinguish it.Definitely! I know what makes my book stand out.Can you summarize your book in a sentence?Well, you see, it begins when I was born. My mom was in the hospital for a long time. The doctors said I was…Yes, but it is a really long sentence.Yep! I can say it really easily, too.