• Why You Should Revisit Your Writing Goals

    We all know writing goals are helpful. They give you direction and something to work toward. And when you know your destination, you can work backward to figure out what steps you need to take to get there.  But your goals don’t always serve you once you’ve set them. Maybe you’ve decided to change direction,…

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  • Three Tips for Writing Emotional Scenes

    We seek out fiction to experience an emotional journey with the characters. After all, how boring would it be to just walk through the action of a story without understanding the characters and exploring the human condition? But finding the line between authenticity, sufficient ‘showing,’ and nuance isn’t always easy. How do you tackle emotionally…

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  • Why You Should Show And Tell in Your Novel

    When I was an undergrad student many moons ago in 2012, I took my first collegiate-level creative writing workshop. That course brought me two things: The Elements of Style by Strunk & White (a literary world classic) and the phrase “show, don’t tell.” As I shared on my Instagram last month, this introduction to the…

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  • Writing the Enemies to Lovers Trope

    Enemies to lovers is a popular trope, especially in sci-fi and fantasy novels. How can you bring your pair together and make readers ship them? What is Enemies to Lovers? The enemies to lovers trope is when two characters start off as enemies and, over the course of a book or series, end up in…

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  • Romance Tropes in Novels

    At the time of publishing this post, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! But regardless of when you’re reading this, romance in literature is still fun for both the author and the reader. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me talking about tropes before. Some romance tropes are very popular among readers, and what’s…

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  • Four Ways to Control Pacing in Your Novel

    How do you know if your novel’s pacing is right? What changes can you make to adjust the pacing and keep readers hooked? There are a few different elements of your manuscript you can play with to create effective pacing. Let’s get started. What is pacing? Simply put, pacing is the speed at which your…

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