articles 10 Tips from Love Actually to Liven Up Your Novel By Mikael Short Around the holidays, I’m a sucker for watching (ahem . . . re-watching) all of my holiday favorite films, one of them Read More » December 18, 2018 No Comments On Typos and Toothpaste When I was in college, I applied for the Marshall Fellowship (this relates to writing, I promise). I wanted to study the depictions of Diana, Read More » December 11, 2018 No Comments Holiday Gifts for You The holidays are here, and my family and I have had latkes and decorated the Christmas tree. I have already started mocking cheesy Christmas films Read More » December 4, 2018 No Comments There’s No Writing Like Snow Writing Today’s newsletter is written by our very own Emily Hogenson! If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where it has already snowed, like I Read More » November 27, 2018 2 Comments A Writer’s Gratitude List Since American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I would share my writer’s gratitude list with you. 1. Books. They formed me as Read More » November 20, 2018 No Comments How Books Are Time Machines When I was in Japan, staring out the window of a bullet train as Miyazaki-esque houses flew by, I listened to “The Passenger” by Iggy Read More » November 13, 2018 2 Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 … Page40 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.