Writing Tips

Writing tips, tricks, and advice.

Five Reasons to Use a Pen Name

Many writers choose to adopt a pen name, and many don't. Is a pen name right for you? Here are some things to consider...

One of the cruelest truths that every writer must face is this: If you publish your work, your name will go on the cover of it, and everybody will know you wrote it. And then everybody will read all the words you wrote, knowing that it was you who wrote them. THE HUMANITY. People are […] Read more…

How to Keep Your Writing from Taking Over Your Life

Getting serious about writing involves a lot of work—and not just on the novel, either! Here are six tips to keep your writing from totally consuming your life.

Hi guys! Check out the mini moodboards for my main (human) characters! I’m delighted to introduce you to Ultimate Grump™ Beth Bishop and Actual Sunshine™ Winnie Matthews. I’m honestly so pleased with these little character moodboards that I’m going to make a bunch more. They were so much fun to make. They didn’t require a lot […] Read more…

18 Questions to Ask Your Beta Readers

Eighteen great questions for writers to ask their beta readers when they're looking for feedback!

Feedback is a strange thing to want. On the one hand, you want praise for your writerly genius and assurances that you’ll be dominating the NYT Bestseller List in no time. On the other hand, you know your manuscript isn’t bestseller-caliber just yet and that the only way to get it there is to have […] Read more…

Why I Needed A Separate Blogging Voice

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Something that I’ve been thinking about lately is writing voice. Voice is so important to a writer—it’s what makes your work recognizably your own. It’s your own personal stamp. I’ve got my own writing voice—wordy and dryly humorous. I’ve also got my academic writing voice, which is best described as “cram all the ideas into […] Read more…

How to Write Bilingual Characters

Bilingual characters are, in my humble opinion, fantastic—and I’m not just saying that because I’m a polyglot myself. A bilingual character can make your story feel exquisitely global and provide great plot twists. Who doesn’t love it when the romantic heroine throws around some key Italian phrases to show off how sophisticated she is? Who […] Read more…