Unleash the Spark: Write What Sets Your Soul on Fire

Unleash the Spark: Write What Sets Your Soul on Fire

I’ve recently heard from writers who are wondering how vulnerable, raw, or even politically correct they should attempt to be in their writing. The overarching fear is that there’s a risk of backlash for potentially offending a reader. And I get it. In this day and age, it’s difficult to discern how differing views and thoughts will be received and how people will react.

I’ve been faced with this dilemma myself and I’m sure many of you have, too. So, at the risk of offending someone, I’m going to share my opinion.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Psychologically Consistent Characters: Part 2

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Psychologically Consistent Characters: Part 2

When we meet psychologically inconsistent characters on the page, they come across as unbelievable, unrealistic, and lead us to want to close the book and set it down, never to see the light of day again. Learn how the Enneagram can help us avoid this devastating mistake in character development.

The Writer's Guide to Working With an Editor

The Writer's Guide to Working With an Editor

You’ve just finished your first draft. You went through it with a fine-tooth comb, revising and rewriting. Now it’s time to send it off to the editor, but you have no clue what to expect. By the end of this post you’ll know what to expect from the process and feel comfortable working with a professional editor. 

How to Track a Scene

How to Track a Scene

There’s a lot to keep in mind when writing scenes, and if we’re not careful, we can easily overlook any of the components that make a scene work. When I work with developmental editing clients, one of the things I do is track each and every scene. I enjoy this part of the process because it’s very analytical and straightforward, and it gives a very clear overview, a bird’s eye view, of the entire story.