How to Write Setting – Even If You Don’t Know What it Looks Like

Setting: we all know it. Some of us love it, and some of us hate it. Source Personally speaking, I have always struggled to remember to add in setting details when writing. 😂 I just tend to struggle to actually picture my settings in my head, and that leads to me forgetting about them. Besides, … Continue reading How to Write Setting – Even If You Don’t Know What it Looks Like

How to Use Mini-Boss Cookie Goals to Amp up Suspense in Your Novel

This post is sort of a follow-up to my post on suspense and tension, and one the one where I compared plot twists and suspense (and pitted Emma and Pride and Prejudice against each other...). I wanted to discuss one of the most powerful ways to create suspense, and show you the method I've been using personally while revising The Coffee Shop Book.

Plot Twists or Suspense: Which One is Better? {Case Study} {Emma VS Pride and Prejudice}

I'm an avid fan of Jane Austen's works. They're wonderfully written, witty, and interesting. Also, the language used is older English, so it's delightfully elegant. In grade 12, I read Pride and Prejudice for school; it was the first book by Jane Austen I'd ever read, and I fell in love with it. The next one I read was Emma. And as I read it, I noticed something that Pride and Prejudice managed to achieve that Emma didn't.

How to Use Suspense and Tension to Make Your Novel Insanely Addicting

Have you ever been so hooked by a story that you couldn't stop turning the pages, even into the wee hours of the night? And have you ever been so bored by a book that you put it down for days, weeks, years... or even forever??? Yeah, me too, to both of those. What made these books so different? There are reasons books fall flat, differing from book to book. But today, I'm going to show you a core element of story that keeps a reader glued to the page with baited breath to see what happens next: suspense and tension.

Every Book is Different {Every Writer is Different} + ANNOUNCEMENT

Every writer is different, but so is every book you write. On the surface, it's a fact that's easy to glaze over. Like, yeah, sure; of course they're different. They're separate books. But this idea actually runs deeper than you realize. It's something I have to constantly remind myself of while working on manuscripts. I don't really think that most writers realize this until they've written a couple manuscripts, but it's something that you really need to know.

How to Find Your Unique Writing Process {Every Writer is Different}

If you've been around my blog for a while, you'll know that last year I struggled with my own writing process. I finally realized the missing piece in it was joy. I've now made that a top priority in my writing, and in this series, I made it the subject of the first couple posts as well. As I worked my way through experimental manuscripts, testing to see what worked for me, I kept off-handedly promising writers that I would eventually do a post all of its own on the writing process. And, finally... here it is. This has been a year in coming.

Why You Shouldn’t Actually Listen to Writing Blogs (But Also Should)

The further along you get on your writing journey, the more knowledge and experience you gather. And along with that comes your own unique perspective, lessons, knowledge, and needs. What one writer needs to do during the writing process id different from another. Which means as you go along with your writing, you actually become above the idea of 'rules'. You can end, break, and completely throw them out as you please. Which is why you really shouldn't even be reading this blog. But don't go unsubscribe! Because, at the same time, you should be reading this blog. Let me explain.

The Benefits of Rereading Your Own Writing

For the longest time, I didn't make it a habit to reread my own writing. I stayed away from rereading it, honestly. It was like my rule of never editing while writing (a myth I've debunked in recent months - check that post out here!): I never so much as considered breaking it. Until I did by accident. And it turns out... there are a lot of benefits to rereading your own writing. (Shocker, I know) Let's take a look at what I discovered.