articles An Unexpected Writing Resource Sometimes the internet is a dark place. A really, really dark place. But I’ve found a bright spot of sunshine. It’s called I’ve Pet That Read More » October 23, 2018 2 Comments My (First) Writing Lesson from Japan Where in the world have I been the last two weeks? I was in Japan! (Unlike Carmen Sandiego, I was unfortunately not wearing a red Read More » October 16, 2018 2 Comments A Writing Lesson from This Is 40 I adore Judd Apatow. Ever since I saw Freaks and Geeks, I have wanted to hang a poster of him in my office as a source of Read More » September 25, 2018 No Comments The Mythical Land of “Ready” Once upon a time, I believed there was a land of “ready.” When I reached this place, I would be transformed. Things I was currently Read More » September 18, 2018 No Comments My Interview with Ricky Shetty I was so honored to be interviewed by Ricky Shetty for his podcast. We discuss all you need to know about creating a book. We Read More » September 11, 2018 4 Comments A Writing Lesson from Grey’s Anatomy A doctor struggles to stay alive after nearly drowning. An intern studies for hours on end because if he fails the test, he loses his career. Read More » September 4, 2018 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 … Page38 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.