articles My Not-So-Secret Ambition The ambition that I have had my whole life is to become a writer. I can even remember the day that it happened to me. Read More » June 6, 2014 No Comments Popular…With Book Characters Growing up I had lots of friends…that were book characters. As a child, I was not exactly one of the “cool kids.” I was actually Read More » May 8, 2014 No Comments Rory Gilmore’s Reading List As every Gilmore Girl fan knows, Rory is a major bookworm. Here is an abridged list of some of the books she has read, referenced, or plastered Read More » February 5, 2014 No Comments 4 Resources to Develop Characters Do you need help developing your characters? Do they feel flat and one-dimensional? Sometimes reading about various personality types will give you ideas on more Read More » January 31, 2014 No Comments 5 Teen Movies Based On Literature Need some movie ideas for the weekend? Here are five fun possibilities: 1. Clueless and Emma A classic. Do I need to say more? As if! 2. Read More » January 29, 2014 1 Comment A List of Rewards to Motivate You to Write I often need a “reward” to motivate me to write. I wrote all four of my completed manuscripts by promising myself a treat after finishing Read More » January 24, 2014 2 Comments « Previous Page1 … 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.