Being A Better Reader

“When the world becomes a fantasyAnd you’re more than you could ever be‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide openAnd you know you can’t go back againTo the world that you were living in‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open….” ~ The Greatest Showman, ‘Come Alive‘ Reading is a very important part of almost everyone’s…

Getting The Word Out

Some first time authors (myself included) may feel overwhelmed when they think about publicizing and marketing their book. Some might even shy away from these topics because writing that comes from your heart shouldn’t be all about the money right? Well, yeah if you are writing solely for the money then in my opinion you’re…

Inspiration Strikes Twice

We’ve all heard the saying “lightning doesn’t strike twice” (which is actually not true, at least in the literal sense), lucky for us writers inspiration does! No matter what sort of funk you get yourself in or how deep your doldrums are, as long as you are open to it then inspiration will come again…

Priorities

Your top priority as a writer should be…. You guessed it! Writing. Boring I know. Unless you are said writer. I find my writing very exciting. Sometimes I become so enamored with crafting the story that I forget to eat or associate with my family. The later may be on purpose but you still get…

Act III: The Result

Act III is the outcome of your novel and should take up roughly, 25-10% of the novel. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to gather this information is…

Act II: The Clash

Act II of your novel, otherwise known as the middle of your novel, should make up roughly 50-65% of your novel. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to…

Act I: The Foundation

Act I of your story is the base that you will construct everything from. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to gather this information is Joseph Bates’s book The…

The Positive Change Arc

Now that we are wrapping up the steps you’ll need to take when planning, crafting, and writing the beginning of your novel let’s get into the details of the positive change character arc. There is more than one type of character arc that your protagonist can follow (as in the negative change arc and the…

In Pursuit of Believing

This is something that can get tricky. If you’re writing a fantasy novel of some kind then you are probably going to have to create an ideology for a group of people, animals, or things. In my case, writing about a society of meerkats, I had to think about what these creatures believe. I asked…

Conflict In Real Life (Well, Real Enough)

What generated more conflict in “The Lion King”, Scar or Simba’s guilt? Answer: Neither. They both contribute to Simba’s overall conflict. Why? In Disney’s “The Lion King” (spoiler alert!) Simba blames himself for his fathers death, when really it was the antagonist of the movie, Simba’s uncle Scar, who was responsible. Throughout the movie Simba…