novel writing

Novel Fridays: Protagonist Icebreakers

January 9, 2015

Happy Friday, novelists! I hope you’ve had productive weeks. Today we’re going to talk about character. Imagine sitting in an otherwise empty room with a stranger. The lighting in the room is bad–you can’t really see the other person, but you do know she’s there. [...]

Novel Fridays: Research, Research, Research

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year and congratulations, writers! You have officially navigated the holiday season. Whether you wrote a lot, a little, or not at all in December, it’s time to pursue those big projects you’ve resolved to start–or even finish–in 2015. Get ready to apply some [...]

Novel Fridays: Space vs. Outlines

December 12, 2014

Greetings, writers! As I alluded to last week, just because November has ended doesn’t mean our discussions about novel writing must. We hope you will join the conversation in the comments below. Whether you’re continuing your NaNoWriMo project or starting another work entirely, you [...]

NaNoWriMo: Overcoming the Slump

November 14, 2014

Happy Week Two, novelists! You’re nearly halfway there–16 more days to go. Alas, the deeper we get into November, the more likely it is many writers will find themselves in the dreaded NaNo slump. You’re just a little behind at first. You miss a day or two. Something may have come [...]