25 Writing Prompts for my 25th Birthday!

My 25th birthday was yesterday, so I’m going to celebrate by giving you guys a list of 25 writing prompts to kickstart your writing: Who was your favorite teacher? Describe your favorite meal. Describe an average day in the life of a household object What is your first memory? Develop a story based on aContinue reading “25 Writing Prompts for my 25th Birthday!”

What’s are the Biggest Differences Between Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult?

If you’re new to writing, or not used to writing for a younger audience, you may not know the true difference between middle grade, young adult, and new adult. Well, look no further! Below, you will find the age ranges, characteristics, word counts, what sets them apart, and examples.

What are the Different Points of View and Which will Work Best for You?

You’ve probably read books in first-person and third-person. But have you ever heard of second-person? Continue reading to find out the difference between first, second, and third-person and past/present tense.

The Golden Rule: Show Don’t Tell

If you’re a writer, no matter what level, you’ve heard of the golden rule of writing: show don’t tell. What does that really mean, though? Showing is when you use description, dialogue, body language, and setting to convey what you want to the reader. Telling is basically just throwing it all at them. When youContinue reading “The Golden Rule: Show Don’t Tell”

When to Kill Your Darling Characters: A Guide

It can be difficult to build a relationship with your characters, then suddenly have to kill them. But do you really need to kill them? Check below for a guide on when to kill your darling characters:

5 Steps to Creating Vivid Settings

Setting is incredibly important in fiction. Your readers want to be engaged and submersed in the story. Not knowing what the setting looks like can turn a reader off. Do you struggle with your settings? I still do sometimes. Check out my five steps to creating vivid settings! 1.    Fresh Eyes When your reader seesContinue reading “5 Steps to Creating Vivid Settings”

Check Out My Favorite Books on Writing

On Writing by Stephen King This is my favorite book on the craft. I had to read it a couple of times in grad school. King has great advice wrapped in his own entertaining language. Here are a few of my favorites: If you want to be a writer, you must do two things aboveContinue reading “Check Out My Favorite Books on Writing”

The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block

Everyone gets writer’s block. It’s bound to happen. But you’re never truly blocked. Check out the three ways I fight writer’s block: Writer’s Toolbox This is my favorite way to beat back writer’s block. I actually used my Writer’s Toolbox to work out the plot for Lies that Bind and my new WIP, She AlmostContinue reading “The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block”