Why You’re Starting Your Novel in the Wrong Place

Does your book start at the most interesting point in your character’s life? It should.  The number one problem I see with sample material, and even client material sometimes, is that the book doesn’t start in the right place. If you are starting with the beginning of the day (waking up or eating breakfast) IContinue reading “Why You’re Starting Your Novel in the Wrong Place”

3 Great Things about a First Draft

It’s easy to lament about first drafts. The blank page is one of the hardest things for writers. So let’s take a spin on first drafts and think about the great parts of writing your story the first time around. Because there are a lot! You’ve got a world in your head that demands toContinue reading “3 Great Things about a First Draft”

Q: What craft advice would you give to someone who just finished their first draft?

Lauren Spieller asks: What craft advice would you give to someone who just finished their first draft?  Thanks for the question, Lauren. My first big piece of advice would be to take it easy on yourself when you’re reading through it afterwards and starting to think about revisions. You did it! You got all the wordsContinue reading “Q: What craft advice would you give to someone who just finished their first draft?”