Insomniacs Anonymous 2-27-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

What did you learn about your writing from a negative critique? Did that experience make you a better writer?

Premise Problems

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

What is a story premise?

I thought I knew the answer to that question and that I had a solid premise for the novel I’ve been working on, that is until I read John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story a couple of weeks ago. (BTW, I think it’s a fantastic writing book.) Now, I believe there are two kinds of story premises: those designed to sell a story, and those that will help a person write a story. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 2-20-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

How long did it take you to get back to work writing after a bad critique experience?

Practical Prompt 2-18-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

If you have “love at first sight” in your storyline, make sure the relationship still develops at an even pace. Taking things slow can be romantic and build tension. Going too fast can come off as creepy instead of romantic.

Novel Structure and Multi-POVs

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Awhile back I started to create reading lists for myself as a fun way to start each season. Often I strive to select books across genres, some for the sake of being a children’s and YA (aspiring) author, others to keep up the ruse of being a good post-grad “intellectual” and other for the sheer pleasure of just reading something I want to read. It’s good to be well-rounded in your reading habits, and I stand by the belief that in order to become good writers, it is necessary to read—comic books included. Continue reading