Get Organized: 5 Clever Outlining Apps To Achieve Your Goals Today

Do you wish you could get organized? An outlining app can help. You can use an outline app to: Plan anything, from a birthday party to a product launch; Use your creativity more easily—brainstorm and get inspired; Keep up with your connections and contacts; Organize your calendar and To Do lists; Write (of course.) The … Read more

Rewrite Your Novel: 3 Powerful Steps To Turn A Mess Into A Book

It’s time to rewrite your novel. In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed the benefits and perils of rewriting. Many authors enjoy their rewrites, because the hard work is done. They know they have a story, they just need shape it into the perfect reader-worthy novel for their genre. That said, rewriting can be … Read more

Blank Notebooks: 4 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stationery Stash

Do you have a stash of blank notebooks? I didn’t realize that stationery hoarding was a thing, until one of our writers’ group members complained that she had over 100 blank notebooks. It turns out that several of us had a similar problem, so we discussed ideas for filling our journals. I’ve got enough blank … Read more

3 Quick Tips For Suspenseful Fiction: Invoke Readers’ Imagination

Last year, several of our writers’ group gatherings focused on writing suspenseful fiction. A member triggered this topic when she complained about feeling tired all day: “I stayed up until 2:30 this morning, finishing a novel. I thought why? Then I started wondering how I could write like that.” When we discussed books which hooked … Read more

Write Anyway If You’re Unmotivated: Try A Weird Strategy

Unmotivated? What if you could write anyway, no matter how you feel? Here’s a simple (but weird, sort of) strategy. Firstly, how did I hear about this? In a recent meeting of our writers’ group, we talked about how challenging writing can be if you’re unmotivated. Write anyway, even if you’re unmotivated… But what if … Read more

Writing Fiction: Plot Your Big Scenes First To Make Plotting Easier

If you’re writing fiction, you’ll struggle with translating the story in your head onto the page. Use scenes to make this process easier. You may be wondering… What’s a scene? In brief, a scene is action, which happens in real time, on the page. A scene is showing the reader, rather than telling him. Much … Read more