articles How I Got My Book Idea Whenever I go to an author talk, someone in the audience inevitably asks, “How did you get your idea for your book?” Well, I don’t Read More » May 14, 2019 No Comments Self-Care for Writers Okay, if you have been online for more than five seconds, I am sure you have heard about self-care. I am sure you associate it Read More » May 7, 2019 No Comments A Writing Lesson from Avengers: Endgame Okay, there are spoilers ahead. So click away from this email and listen to “Hooked on a Feeling.” Because that song is amazing. You also Read More » April 30, 2019 No Comments Listen to the Music My husband and I are currently watching The Umbrella Academy (so no spoilers, please), and I am loving the show. Yes, there is great character Read More » April 23, 2019 No Comments Special Announcement As all of you may or may not know, I am writing my own book. If you want to watch my video journey through the Read More » April 16, 2019 No Comments A Visit from the Ghost of Writing Past I am currently writing a New Adult novel (spoiler alert: it is coming out this fall), and I was totally stuck. I had no idea Read More » April 9, 2019 No Comments « Previous Page1 Page2 Page3 Page4 Page5 … Page43 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.