articles A Writing Lesson from Animal Crossing Like a good chunk of America, I have used Animal Crossing to help me get through this strange dystopian novel that we are currently living Read More » July 28, 2020 No Comments How an Editor Receives Edits The other day, I received my edits from my editor (yes, everyone needs editors, even editors). I saw her email, and I immediately got sweaty Read More » July 7, 2020 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Whisper of the Heart This past weekend, I watched one of my new favorite movies with my husband. It is called Whisper of the Heart. I had never seen it before, Read More » May 26, 2020 No Comments Does Your Book Matter? A lot of people have been asking me the same question lately: With all that has been going on in the world right now, does Read More » May 19, 2020 No Comments How I Am Staying Sane These are challenging times. There is no denying that. Fortunately, I have managed to stay sane, and I would love to share my tips in Read More » March 31, 2020 No Comments You Don’t Have to Be Stuck Oh, dear friend, You don’t have to be stuck when it comes to your book. You really, really don’t. Your book doesn’t have to live with Read More » February 25, 2020 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 … Page46 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.