When I first started writing I learned two things very quickly: I wasn’t very fast and I wasn’t very good. On great advice I took a writing course, followed by many others until I felt confident to persevere on my own. One reoccurring theme suggested by many of the instructor had to do with honing your craft and voice by writing and reading lots. Continue reading
Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas. 2012. 404 pages. [Source: Library]
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Self-editing is time consuming and can be frustrating; however once you’ve completed your story it’s a necessary next step to making it amazing. Once you’ve had time away from your manuscript, go through it several times for flow and story arcs then you’re ready for the next steps. Continue reading
When writing your novel, it’s inevitable that you will need to revise it. In fact you will likely revise it multiple times before it’s finally ready to be read by others, than you’ll need to revise it even more. Here are some ways to help you through this process, whether it’s your first revision or your fifteenth. Continue reading
In all religions, there is a common underlying thread they all share that is expressed in different ways. When you introduce religion in your story, whether it is established and recognizable or created by you, using it with subtle undertones is better for world building. There are those who use religion as the drive force in their novel, but if you want to use it to create depth for your world it will come across better if it’s understated. Continue reading
Start With Plot
The sequence of main events in your plot should be included: The inciting incident, first plot point, mid-point, second plot point, climax and resolution. Be sure to mention any event(s) which oppose the main goal of the story and character. Though you might be tempted to leave the ending as a surprise, don’t do this in a synopsis. The agent(s) or publisher(s) need to know how your story ends to get a sense of how it works together from beginning to end. Continue reading