Find Your Genre and Go Wild!

There’s no shortage of blogs, articles, books, etc. that will try to helpfully steer writers toward telling stories for a niche that will make them successful. Some say you should stick to literary fiction, because it’s the only genuine art of writing. Others claim literary fiction is too pretentious, so it should be avoided at all costs. If you’re a genre writer, you have an entire buffet to choose from – and sometimes that makes things harder than ever!

The problem with listening to people’s advice on what genres to write in and which to avoid is that you can often miss what your soul wants to write.

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8 Questions For A Well-Rounded Antagonist

In last week’s blog post, we looked at nine questions to test your protagonist from Janice Hardy’s book on Revising Your Novel. But as well-rounded as your protagonist may be, the dark side of the coin deserves just as much attention! As the saying goes, “A hero is only as good as their villain.”

This week, I want to take a look at eight questions that can help you deepen and round out your antagonist, too.

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Write from Your Pain

In recent years, I’ve started to realize that writing is a much deeper journey than I ever gave it credit for in my rose-colored childhood. I used to think that writing was just a matter of putting words on a page, editing them once or twice, and sending them off to a publisher. Clinical, procedural, and easy.

But it’s not like that. It’s just not that simple.

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9 Questions to Test Your Protagonist

Recently, my beta partner finished edits on the first novel of my series. While thisopened a doorway to an entirely new phase of the writing process with which I have been heretofore inexperienced (and more on that to come in later blogs!), the most daunting thing about this, for me, was always the impending Character Analysis for the protagonist, Cistine.

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Talk About Your Story Like You Would A Friend’s

I am so proud and privileged to be part of an ongoing beta-team with one of my best friends. And thank goodness she’s not incredibly private about her series, because I cannot stop talking about it! I have quoted it, praised it, and gushed about it to countless people. If you’ve gotten into a conversation with me at any point in the last five months or so, chances are, you’ve heard a thing or two about my friend’s story in one form or another.

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It’s Great to Have Goals – Just Don’t Let Them Strangle You!

Confession: I am an admin nerd. I like to-do lists, checklists, and plans. I like to have clearly-defined goals on a clearly-defined timetable so that I can manage my time, organize and executes my strategies, and reap the desired results in the desired timeframe.

In a perfect world, I would always walk away feeling accomplished because I hit my deadlines. Sadly, this is not a perfect world.

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