Master Plotting

Part III

By DiAnn Mills @diannmills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are a mix of both. Organic writing allows the character to lead the way in the story with a heavy emphasis on wants, needs, desires, […]

Mastering Plot: Part 1

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plot is defined as the series of events in your story. It’s also called the storyline. While that may sound simple, mastering plot takes time, imagination, and knowing our characters inside and out. A storyline is filled with action and chronologically propels the story forward. Today’s blog is Part I of […]

Characteristics that Determine a Heroine

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills How do you determine the heroine in your novels? Discovering who my female character is and what matters to her takes time and patience. She’s not a victim, although she might have been in the past. Because of that critical experience, she’s changed and grown into a survivor who’s strong and […]

What are Your Writing Questions?

By DiAnn Mills and Edie Melson @DiAnn Mills @Edie Melson A successful writer achieves bestselling status by constantly improving her writing skills. She sets aside time to study the craft with valuable information destined to not only keep her sales high but also to challenge her best to be even better. Edie and I want […]

10 Ways to Deepen the Craft of Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers want to see our manuscripts published. We work hard on blogs, articles, devotions, fiction, and nonfiction projects. And we are always looking for new techniques to strengthen our message. The following 10 suggestions can help every writer create a more powerful project. Develop three sentences describing the writing project. […]

Plotting Success for the Pro Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are organic—that’s a mix of both with the story ideas as the focus. Once we’ve established our type of plotting, what elements need to appear […]

10 Things I Wished I’d Known About Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When I started writing, I was so excited about the future. I had dreams, goals, my workday organized, notepads and pencils beside my computer, and a whole lot to learn about writing. But there are 10 surprises that hit me along the way to publication. Sure wish I’d have known them […]

Tried and True Ways to Attract Readers

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers can become so involved with our stories that we forget we’re writing to attract readers—not agents, editors, marketing and promotion types, or sales staff. Entertainment is our aim, And writing is our game. There are 7.2 billion people in this world. We will never meet each person, but we […]

What Colors are in Your Writing Kaleidoscope?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Psychology teaches our emotions are affected by color. Each person responds to color according to personality, experience, background, and culture. Writers who create extraordinary prose provide a kaleidoscope of emotions to enhance the reader’s experience. When a kaleidoscope is rotated, colors and patterns blend to form a visual explosion. Our goal […]

5 Habits of a Successful Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Emulating writers whose careers have soared into bestselling status provides us with amazing role models. We look for a road map with precise steps and no detours to accomplish the same goals. But every writer is different, and the destination isn’t always achieved the same way. We can succeed like writers […]