articles Your Book is Not a Hobby So many people come to me and say something along these lines about their books: It’s okay if it only sells a few copies. I’ll Read More » May 11, 2021 No Comments The Room Where It Doesn’t Happen We’ve all been there. We are stuck in our office (or wherever we decide to write), and we keep staring at the screen as if Read More » April 6, 2021 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Your Name Last week, my husband and I watched Your Name. It’s a story about a young girl and boy who swap bodies and what happens as a Read More » March 23, 2021 No Comments A Note from the Trenches So, as some of you might know, I’m currently revising my own book for querying. I am knee-deep in it. I’m going to be querying Read More » March 9, 2021 No Comments The Most Important Type of Editing Am I bit nervous about writing this email because it may be controversial? Yes? But has fear of controversy ever stopped iconic artists like Madonna? Read More » February 16, 2021 No Comments How Your Writing is Like a Pig Once upon a time, I was in my early twenties. I don’t know about you, but my early twenties were rough. It’s a period where Read More » February 2, 2021 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 … Page47 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.