41 Wacky Ways to Breathe Life Into A Dying Scene

You’ve been writing a scene in your novel. It’s been going rather well — and then suddenly, it’s like the creativity gods have sent down a curse upon your keyboard. We all know the feeling: your ideas have escaped like bats out of a cave, your mind feels like a stalled engine, and your fingers drag like slugs on your keyboard…okay, I’ll stop with the similes now. But you get my drift. 41 wacky, quick fixes to jump start your scene… Read More

How to Write a Novel Without Leaving Your Couch

Feeling guilty about being a couch potato instead of writing your novel? Although I’ve dedicated my life to writing, reading and editing written stories, I can’t help but resist the siren calls of the small screen. I must admit I have to fight against being a total television junkie and for good reason – there are some fantastic shows on TV right now. My favorites are Dexter, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, The Middle, Suits, Shark Tank, and The Nightly News. So, how can you make zoning out in front of the TV productive for you as a novel writer? … Read More

How to Write a Great Query Letter

If you’re a first-time author who wants to get published, there is one skill you must master: writing the query letter. If you want to nail down a traditional publishing contract, the query letter will get you in the door. It’s what you need to get a literary agent, who will shop your manuscript to publishers. If you want a good literary agent, you need to learn how to write a well-crafted query letter. It takes time and practice, but a great query letter is a big first step to publishing success.… Read More