7 Ways to Decide Which Story Idea You Should Write Next

The most important decision a writer will ever make is which story to write. Sometimes that will be an easy decision: the “right” story will be staring us in the face. But sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. If you’re like me, then you probably have enough story ideas to last you the rest of […]

Using genre to help you brainstorm unique story ideas

Using Genre to Help You Brainstorm Unique Story Ideas

Ideas are essential for fiction. What seems like a new idea to you might be an ancient idea to everyone else. You have to examine the background or meta-story of your chosen genre. However, all is not lost, as you can mashup genres to revitalize classic or cheesy story ideas. Why Have New Ideas? The […]

When Chaos Creates Writer's Block - Is Your Life More Hectic Than It Needs to Be?

When Chaos Creates Writer’s Block—Is Your Life More Hectic Than It Needs to Be?

Note: The winners of Chrystle Fiedler’s book A Scent to Kill are Alicia Rades and E.M. Bahnsen. Congrats! Organization may be difficult for the naturally creative person. Often, when we’re swept up in our latest creation, everything else falls to the wayside. Time spent cleaning is clearly not time spent writing. And if you have little kids […]

How to Make Your Readers’ Heads Explode

This week’s video offers Lesson #4 from Pacific Rim, an encouragement to writers to pursue story ideas that will inspire rabid fandom among their readers. Video Transcript: Today, we’re going to feature the last of our lessons from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which, if you haven’t already figured out, I absolutely loved. In our […]

7 Ways to Build Your Writing Confidence

7 Ways to Build Your Writing Confidence

How confident are you about your writing? Ideally, you feel a happy certainty that you’re a good writer. You realize your first draft won’t be perfect, but you’re confident you can improve on it. You’ve know you’ve got a message worth sharing or a story worth telling. If you’re like many writers, though, your confidence […]

Learn from Pacific Rim how to make your story live up to every last bit of its potential

How to Make Sure Your Book Lives Up to Every Last Bit of Its Potential

As you may have read in this month’s e-letter or on Facebook and Twitter, Helping Writers Become Authors is about to get a complete makeover. I’m really excited about optimizing both the design and functionality of the site and can’t wait to share the new-and-improved version with you all. The switch to the new design (as well […]

Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

First drafts are our agony and our ecstasy. This is where our glistening ideas spill onto the page. This is where we get to play around with our ideas, see our characters grow and our themes mature. First drafts are fun. They’re our creative playground. But they’re also tough. Our words on paper rarely measure up to the […]

Use Your Passion to Fuel Your Writing

Use Your Passion to Fuel Your Writing

Natural remedies have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple. I’ve used this passion […]

10 ways to motivate yourself to write

10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write

Today, I’m guest posting on the Helium Network with the post “10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write.” Here’s a excerpt: Writers write. No brainer there. We write not just because we have to, but because we love it. And yet the irony here is that sometimes getting ourselves to write is about as easy […]

Why You Should Steal From Other Authors

Confession time: I pilfer the wealth of other writers’ words on a regular basis. I filch characters. I purloin themes. I steal plots. In other words, I am a big fat thief. And I want you to be one too. Yeah, okay, so most of that was said tongue in cheek. Obviously, I don’t go […]