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Back to the Basics: Who is Your Audience?

Writing middle-grade? Little siblings, kids you babysit, or friends' children could be a good ideal audience to keep in mind. Fantasy? Think of your Lord of the Rings-obsessed friend. Romance? We all have that one friend who's boy-crazy.  Take it! Use it to your advantage. (It's totally not creepy.)

Back to the Basics: How to Find Your Novel’s Genre

Let’s face it, sometimes the genre boxes are just too constraining. Your novel doesn’t take place on Earth, so it can’t be realistic fiction. But it also doesn’t contain magic, so can it really be called fantasy? Calling it alternate-history implies a connection to Earth, but alternate-universe brings up connotations in readers’ minds to Game of Thrones. Your romance doesn’t have a HEA (happily ever after). Is it still called a romance? Is it woman’s lit? Are you limiting yourself by calling it so?

Back to the Basics: Discovering Your Writing Identity

Are you a new writer? Have you been writing for a long while but feel like you've lost your direction? (*raises hand* Hello, me.) You have come to the right place. *bows* In my last Back to the Basics post, I discussed my writing identity - how every memorable story contains the author's soul. This post? … Continue reading Back to the Basics: Discovering Your Writing Identity

10 Things I Love To Write {A Tag I Totally Didn’t Steal}

Here's the thing about tags. One must actually have a rather large readership to actually be tagged in the things. Which means I'm not often tagged. *giggles* Just kidding. I really don't put in enough effort or blog often enough to really grow much of a readership on here. That's my own fault. All this … Continue reading 10 Things I Love To Write {A Tag I Totally Didn’t Steal}

10 Ways to Produce More Words this Summer, with C.S. Taylor

Summer is that beautiful time of the year that lasts approximately 2-3 months (depending on what school you go to). During this time, we try to fit as many fun, important, or useless things into our twenty-four-hour days as possible—and as usual our most common phrases are “I don’t know how to not stress” and … Continue reading 10 Ways to Produce More Words this Summer, with C.S. Taylor