How to Be a Healthy Writer

Don’t isolate yourself It is very easy as a writer to become isolated. Your work involves you, a laptop or a notebook and pen. Yes, of course, there’s the characters in your head – but I’m sorry, they don’t count. Make a conscious effort to be around real people, at least now and then. Don’t…

How to Be a Better Storyteller

All writers are storytellers. Whether you are writing a novel or a blog post, you are essentially telling a story. But how do you become a better storyteller? How do you ensure that your narrative and characters aren’t dry and boring? How do you make it all feel real whether it is a non-fiction or…

Force It!

Sometimes, sadly, in order to be productive, we have to force it. The best way to ensure something gets done is to give yourself no other choice but to do it. Yes, this can be a little frustrating, but it can really work when you’re trying something new or trying to build new habits that…

Knowing What Kind of Writer You Are

I was speaking to my friend (and critique partner) about our books the other day. I’m in the editing process but she’s still in the writing the draft process. And we were envious of each other! You see, I think there’s different kinds of writers who thrive in different ways. I thrive in the writing…

Mind Mapping for Writers

I love mind maps. Countless times have they helped me figure out ideas that I was struggling with. Here are a few ways that you can use mind maps: Details for your story: this is the biggest one. I’ve used many mind maps to help me to discover detail about my story without feeling like…

Why Writing is Hard

Writing is hard. It is. Not because writing something is hard, because technically everyone can write something. Not because coming up with good ideas is hard, because all kinds of people (extraordinary and not so extraordinary) can come up with ideas everyday. No, writing is hard because: Discipline – it takes discipline to sit with…

What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it’s not the same as 5 years…