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
You’ve finished writing your first draft and are now you’re charged with the task of revision. In order to create fluid writing, you need to remover clutter from your prose while still maintaining rich language and character descriptions. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that. Continue reading
Every work of fiction needs to be grounded in a world of some kind. In fantasy or science fiction, world building is a crucial aspect of the storytelling process, more so then any other genre. The world needs to be built to allow the reader to understand where they are. Getting it right can take your story from one dimensional to multi-dimensional. Here are Continue reading
Humans have layers: hopes, dreams, flaws, fears and secrets, and in order to create an engaging character that readers will relate to, they need those too. As writers, we’re always trying to find ways for the reader to feel that they’re sharing the same experiences with these strong, deep characters do. If you, as the author, create a good backstory and understand what your character(s) did before the story began this will help you to develop characters whose past are woven into the Continue reading
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