articles The #1 Thing Writers Fear Wonder what it is like to live a day in the life of an editor? Curious about what I frequently hear? Well, I’m going to Read More » February 4, 2020 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Cats Yes, I did it. I saw Cats. Was it horrifying? Oh, yeah. My friend, upon finishing the film, said, “This was the best horror movie Read More » January 7, 2020 No Comments How to Keep Your Writing Resolutions You know what breaks my heart? When I follow up with someone who told me they want to write a book, but they still haven’t Read More » December 31, 2019 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Hallmark Movies I am not ashamed to admit it: I love Hallmark Christmas movies. What’s not to love about a wholesome story that will make you smile? Read More » December 10, 2019 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Knives Out Last weekend I saw one of the best movies I’ve seen all year: Knives Out. Seriously, go see it. But finish this email. There are no Read More » December 3, 2019 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Andrew Lloyd Webber As a child, Andrew Lloyd Webber was my jam. As in, when my computer teacher asked us to make a PowerPoint presentation, I did mine Read More » November 19, 2019 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 … 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.