10 Places to End a Novel Chapter

  Where and how you end a novel chapter can have a major influence on whether or not the reader feels invested enough to finish the book. If it's too long, they may feel they don't have time to read it. If it's unexciting, they may not care enough to read the next chapter. So, … Continue reading 10 Places to End a Novel Chapter

My Favorite Fictional Characters

For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I'm a big fan of character-driven plot. Here's a list of some of my fictional homies: Wolf Larsen Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel ...Sea Wolf. He's masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, … Continue reading My Favorite Fictional Characters

4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

I wrote this post a short while back about how I like to revise my writing, which is accurate but unhelpful. This time around I have actual advice. Step One: Break Down the Workload Give yourself about 1,000 words to revise per "session." It may sound unproductive, but trust me on this one: the fewer words you edit … Continue reading 4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

My Favorite Words

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love the English language. I love all the inconsistent, infuriating grammar rules. I love how different every word is from another, how they're borrowed from all other languages. I love how words that sound the same mean different things, and how for just about adjective there are … Continue reading My Favorite Words

Hygge and Your Writing

You've probably heard of the hygge craze. But, just in case you haven't, hygge (hue-gah) is a Danish word with no exact translation in English, but basically means cozy. It refers to a sort of aesthetic, and can be complex. The Danish have it down to a seemingly innate science.  Hygge is warm (and often … Continue reading Hygge and Your Writing

Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

You've just written a bangin' chapter for your novel. You've looked over it for typos and grammatical errors. You even waited, sleeping on it before reading again in the morning. Everything seems to be in order, so you put yourself out there. And putting yourself out there feels a lot like walking naked into a … Continue reading Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

My Favorite Fiction Books

A list of my favorite books, in no particular order: The Call of the Wild, by Jack London The Road, by Cormac McCarthy Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen The Sea Wolf, by Jack London Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton … Continue reading My Favorite Fiction Books