Successful writers say it all the time: To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. So we challenge you to read more and to read outside of your comfort zone.
This month, read a book that includes riveting fight scenes that keep the reader engaged until the scene ends. Below are some books we recommend, but feel free to chime in and offer other options to our readers. Then stay tuned for some practical prompts based on our Reading Challenge that you can apply to your own writing.
Alicia – Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Laura – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J. K. Rowling
Megan – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Stacey – A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I was nervous about writing my blog post for today about the Writing 101 rule of “show, don’t tell.” My fingers hovered over the keyboard as I considered what I wanted to share with our readers about the tricky topic. I tapped out some words, paused, read them, read them again, and jabbed at the delete button until they disappeared from the screen. I repeated this process several times before finally deciding to keep what you’re reading right now. Continue reading
You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
In researching information for a book, where do you find your sources? Online? The library? Personal experiences? Expert interviews?
You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
Research is a tricky area for writers. Some of us wing it with as little research as possible. Others of us disappear down rabbit holes of research for months at a time. Take some time today to research information you need for your story. Those who usually avoid research might find the piece that makes the whole puzzle click. Those who go overboard on research, remember this prompt is just for today. Tomorrow you should get back to writing.
Two weeks ago, I had the unexpected opportunity to travel to a small city in South Louisiana that I haven’t visited in nearly 16 years. The town – in the heart of sugarcane country – serves as the inspiration for the setting of the novel I’m writing. And while my main purpose for going there had nothing to do with research for my novel, I found myself noticing details about the place that will only enrich my writing. Continue reading