Through our Pub Life posts, Writer’s Block Party will be hosting guests and contributors who talk about their jobs within the publishing industry. There are many more career paths in publishing than a lot of people realize, and we’re so excited to spotlight a few of them for you guys! Today, we’re excited to share… Continue reading Pub Life #5: Knowledge is Power – Contracts & Rights
You don’t always want to shock your readers. Sometimes, huge twists can work not because the reader is completely blindsided, but because they’ve been anticipating them. Anticipation is THE fundamental story element. It’s what gets the reader to keep reading. Big twists can work even if the reader knows they’re coming as long as the characters remain in… Continue reading How To Use Foreshadowing to Create Anticipation
We here at Writer’s Block Party loooooove talking about process. (If that wasn’t obvious by now, you probably haven’t been here that long!) Whenever one of us is stuck or just thinking about a certain aspect of writing, we always turn to each other for tips, advice, and strategies. For instance, right now I’m starting… Continue reading Craft Book Recommendations
Literature and Latte, the developers behind everyone’s favorite novel writing software Scrivener, got everyone in a tizzy last fall when they announced they would be releasing a new major version of Scrivener. As longtime Scrivener devotees, Akshaya and I were very excited to get a look at the promised new features and improved functionality. Unlike… Continue reading Is Scrivener 3 Worth It?
Note: This post is done in a roundtable style where members of Writer’s Block Party discuss a topic together. Moderator: Katy Rose Pool Editor: Mara Fitzgerald QUESTION ONE: What do we mean by “brainstorming?” AMANDA: As a plotter, for me, brainstorming means coming up with the components of nearly every facet of my story. Basically,… Continue reading Roundtable: How We Brainstorm
So. Somehow on a blog called Writer’s Block Party, we haven’t really talked all that much about Writer’s Block. Writer’s Block means something different to everyone, and I’m not going to sit here and debate with you whether it’s real or not. Everyone’s process is different, and everyone’s struggles are different, too. My version… Continue reading The Pit of Despair
You’ve got your plot outline. Your story notes. And approximately 54.3 liters of coffee. You’re going to write those 50,000 words in the next 30 days even if it kills you. You’re finally ready for NaNoWriMo. But NaNoWriMo isn’t just about word count. If your goal is simply to dump out 50,000 words of a… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Countdown: What do you want out of NaNoWriMo?