articles In Defense of Fan Fiction When I was in middle school, I had a little obsession: Sailor Moon. I watched all the episodes my mother would allow, visited the fan Read More » August 11, 2015 No Comments Stop! It’s Adventure Time! We are interrupting our usual schedule to tell you about my guest post on writing adventures on the lovely Sarah Shott’s blog. If you want Read More » August 4, 2015 1 Comment Carol King is Wrong It is never too late. I know what you are thinking: it is too late for me. If I were going to write a novel, Read More » July 21, 2015 No Comments Lessons from Literary Ladies I am always inspired by the characters encountered in fiction, so it would make sense that fictional females writersinspire me to pick up my pen. Read More » July 13, 2015 No Comments Conjunction Junction “It can be silly, but it has to make sense.” A small child said this near me on the Metro (a place of endless inspiration Read More » July 6, 2015 No Comments Let’s Play 20 Questions Whenever I get writer’s block, it is because I have not taken care of the basics. For example, it is really hard to continue your Read More » June 28, 2015 No Comments « Previous Page1 … Page39 Page40 Page41 Page42 Page43 Page44 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.