5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block

5 Ways to Banish Writers Block

I don’t really believe in writer’s block. Perhaps it’s the words I quibble with. “Writer’s block” makes it sound like some unsolvable problem. Some uncontrollable thing that’s happened to us. Really, “writer’s block” is the term we tend to use if we’re feeling stuck, fearful, or uninspired. The key word in that sentence is “feeling.” There’s some emotion we’re letting get in the way of

Guest Post: 3 Things Editors Can Do For You That You Can’t Do For Yourself

Three Things an Editor Can Do For You

Welcome fellow writer and comrade, A.B. Michaels. Her first novel, The Art of Love, released to enthusiastic reviews and her second novel, Sinner’s Grove, is forthcoming. She’s here today to share her thoughts on editors and why every writer needs one. Guest post by A.B. Michaels Are you a great writer? Fine. I believe it. You still need an editor. Listening to a panel of

What’s the Difference Between Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Stories?

The Difference Between Novellas and Short Stories

When I was getting ready to release my novella Nashua’s Choice, I pondered how to let readers know what kind of story to expect. I mean, aside from magical, enchanting, and awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, I’m specifically talking about length. Originally, Nashua’s Choice was going to be a short story. But, as will not surprise readers of Gift of the Phoenix, I don’t think short. I

Do You REALLY Have to Write Every Day?

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We’ve all heard the advice: write every day. Heck, I’ve repeated that advice. But I’ll be honest. I don’t write every single day. And I’m past thinking you need to. I know I’m not alone. I can affirm there are successful, accomplished writers who don’t write every day. If that’s the case why do we so often hear this advice? And why do I still

The 4 People Every Writer Needs

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We writers can be a solitary lot, but if you’re going to undertake something as daunting as writing a novel (let alone building a viable writing career), you need a solid team to back you up. I’m not talking about your cover designer or marketing guru. Those are people you need after the next Great American Novel is finished. I’m talking about the four people

Stop Telling People to Write Strong Female Characters

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Kameron Hurley wrote an enjoyable and thought-provoking blog post about challenging the false narrative of women in history and literature and what we writers need to do about it.* I read articles like this with mixed emotions. On the one hand, it’s important to be educated about the false ideas created by narratives (both real and fictional) that portray women in a stereotypical and/or belittling

5 Great Quotes from an Evening with Markus Zusak

Book Thief Reading Event Donna Cook

I recently had the privilege of attending The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations with Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one of my favorite novels. One of those rare books that’s brilliant AND tells a compelling story (versus the kind of novel so caught up in its own brilliance, it completely forgets to tell an actual story). Including Max’s illustrations in the book was a stroke

The Messy Middle – 6 Fixes When You’re Stuck Writing Your Novel

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Ah, you’re chugging along at full speed. Your characters are interesting and compelling. Your plot is exciting and captivating. You’re the most brilliant writer of your day. Then, without warning, it all comes to a halt. Your mind draws a blank. You start wondering why on earth you’re trying to write a novel? What were you thinking? You have no idea what happens next in