Tag: novel

Novel Word Count: Does it Matter?

What’s the Word…Count? ‘To be, or not to be, that is the question’ (William Shakespeare, Hamlet). Well, at least for us writers it is. I possess an infinite love of the written word, reading it, writing it, quoting it. As a writer, I’ve been known to go on endlessly about any given topic—especially my favorite […]

Diversity in Writing: How to Be Inclusive

Does your story reflect those who may read it? I previously wrote an article titled “Who Are You Writing For?” The focus of that particular blog post centered more so on the content of our stories, rather than the audience. The inspiration for that article was sparked by a comment from a friend. She raised […]

How to Create Believable Characters

How do you make your characters believable? Creating a story is easy; however, creating a believable story is an art form. Anyone can create a story, but can they create a story that draws their readers in so completely that they almost forget it’s fictional? I believe the hallmark of creating a believable story is […]

How to Avoid Writing Jerk Heroes and Annoying Heroines

  Are your heroes or heroines worthy….or gag-worthy?   No matter the story, characters are vital–or else there would be nothing to tell. But I believe characterization to be even more vital and complex when writing a romance novel. Unlike a good thriller, mystery, or sci-fi novel—that can stand alone with only one strong protagonist, […]