Finding your voice as a writer may seem daunting, but it’s something you have to think about before starting a novel, or chances are your voice is going to change throughout the book, and that means a lot of rewriting. So how do you find your author voice? For today’s topic, I’ve scoured the internet for… Continue Reading →
There’s nothing more annoying than being a couple of pages into a book and still have no idea where the story is taking place. I don’t need to know the exact geographical coordinates, I don’t even need to know the city the characters live in, I just want to be able to picture them somewhere. It’s… Continue Reading →
Yesterday, we discussed the importance of the first sentence, but I believe the hook is even more important than that first line. A book becomes a page-turner when a writer has the ability to hook us and to keep us hooked. Today, I’m going to talk about that hook. For this post, I’ve selected an article… Continue Reading →
Sometimes I walk into a bookstore, I pick up a couple of books and read their first lines. If a line hooks me, I buy the book. If it doesn’t, I put it back on the shelf. That’s how important first lines are to me. More important than the synopsis. Because a synopsis tells me… Continue Reading →
Welcome back to the first season of Ten Days of Writing! On Day 1, we went through our favorite first chapters and analyzed what made them hook the reader so fast. So today, we’re going to build a list of FIVE elements that make a beginning great. There are hundreds of posts out there on… Continue Reading →
Welcome back to my TEN DAYS OF WRITING challenge! Yesterday, we went through our Favorite First Chapters, so it’s only fitting that today I’ll be discussing my Top 5 Worst First Chapters Pet Peeves. This is actually something that I’ve covered before. Here’s the full post. But if you just want the short list, I… Continue Reading →
The very first season of TEN DAYS OF WRITING has officially started, and we’re kicking off this thing with the theme of Beginnings (how fitting, Audrey)! Here’s how this is going to work: Every day (from March 1st to 10th) a post about book beginnings will go up of AWA at precisely 8AM. (Yes, this… Continue Reading →
Time to update my European bucket list because I’ve visited a couple of other countries in the last months! But man, oh man, Europe is HUGE. My total is still kind of low and it just makes me realize HOW BIG THE WORLD IS. So much more to see out there. Anyway, here’s my result:
So this morning I was playing around with interactive maps where you can enter the places you’ve visited, like an online scratch map. I wanted to see how much of Europe I had actually covered, because I felt like I’d done a pretty good part of it, and MY OH MY WAS I WRONG.
I’ve been to London, England, a few times, but there are still things I haven’t had time to do. (Could the city be any bigger?) So here’s my big fat London Checklist and what I checked off so far.