articles Writing Lessons from Project Runway Right now I am binging on old episodes of Project Runway, and I can’t help but apply some of the lessons toward my writing. Without Read More » August 28, 2018 No Comments A Back-to-School Assignment Call me a nerd (I admit it freely), but one of my favorite things to do as a child was back-to-school shopping. While most of Read More » August 21, 2018 No Comments Writing Lessons from the Hamptons As you know, I went to the Hamptons last week, and it pretty much changed my life. Everything was in a total state of flow, Read More » August 14, 2018 No Comments Yet Another Permission Slip Tomorrow is an exciting day for me; I am going to a writing retreat in the Hamptons. Am I going to lounge on a private Read More » August 7, 2018 No Comments 25 Writing Challenges Write about an unusual scent. Tell a story about a silent world. Go to an art museum, and write a story about the first painting Read More » July 31, 2018 No Comments The #1 Belief That Holds Writers Back I heard a (true) story of a guy who wanted to be a writer. More than anything. It was his dream to see his work Read More » July 24, 2018 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 Page5 … 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.