Writing Through the Chaos

Tips to Keep Moving Forward When Life Happens

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson There has been a lot of chaos in our world lately—catastrophic wildfires, Unprecedented flooding with Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma—one of the largest ever. Even if you were fortunate enough not to be directly impacted by these large-scale events, chances are you have people close to you who were. Events like […]

Three Tips for Making a Swoonworthy Character

By Holly West, by @Holliambria @SwoonReads The word “swoon” is usually associated with romance, but at Swoon Reads we prefer the second, broader definition which, according to Merriam Webster, is “to become enraptured.” After all, as readers and editors, what we are really looking for is a book, from any genre, that sweeps us off our […]

7 Mistakes That Make Every Writer Look Dumb

By DiAnn Mills, @DiAnnMills Every writer wants to be viewed as professional, intelligent, and bestselling. Nothing wrong with those goals, and they are worthy and attainable. But when a writer consistently makes dumb mistakes, her credibility takes a nose dive as well as her career. Examine at the following mistakes. Are there changes on your […]

Flashbacks and Time-hops: What to do and not do

By Vincent B. Davis II, @vbdavisii Flashbacks. They have been one of the most loved storytelling tools in every writer’s arsenal for centuries. As consumers, we see various media forms like televisions and movies utilize flashbacks as a legitimate form of storytelling. We see the value in its use, and want to bring it to […]

Word Weavers: And Why You Should Join

By Susan Neal @SusanNealYoga After several years of writing, I understand the loneliness that accompanies the life of an author. On most days, my biggest social interaction consists of liking posts on Facebook. My friends and family don’t understand my career nor its accompanying isolation. However, my Christian writers’ critique group members know and offer […]

Your Blueprint to Book Launch Success

Part IV

By Vincent B. Davis II @vbdavisii Writing scares me. Like, the foot tapping and nail biting kind of scared. Maybe I’m the only one, but I really don’t think so. The whole concept of bringing a world and its inhabitants to life is a daunting task, even non-writers know that. But only the Author understands […]

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 […]