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 #10: 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?
This year, for the first time since graduating from college, I took a substantial amount of time off from writing. I don’t just mean a week or two after finishing a round of revisions. I don’t mean a month where I gently tinkered with side-projects. I mean a full-blown 4 months where I wrote ZERO… Continue reading 5 Tips for Rebuilding a Writing Habit
Note: This post is done in a roundtable style where members of Writer’s Block Party discuss a topic together. Moderator/Editor: Katy Pool Foody: Hogwarts from Harry Potter is one of my grandest archetypes of magical worlds, especially because many of the stories I write take place in semi-modern fantasy settings. I’m forever in awe… Continue reading Roundtable #7: Settings
For the most part, when it comes to different parts of the writing process, I prefer revising to drafting. I’m the type of writer who enjoys shaping and polishing and digging deeper over getting raw words onto the page. But one thing that I don’t love about revising is how difficult it can be to… Continue reading Scrum Your Revisions
We all know how hard it is to set aside time to write around jobs, school, home life and other obligations. When you’re putting in only a few hours of writing a week, it can be hard to feel like you’re getting much done. A few days of uninterrupted writing time can be an absolute… Continue reading Tips For a Solo Writing Retreat