Mental Health and Writers: Myths & Self-Care Tips

The stigma surrounding mental health is slowly going away. Still, it seems like many people shy away from seeking the help they need. As writers, we put a tremendous amount of stress on ourselves to write books, read all the time, and be present in the “real world.” That much pressure will make us crack […]

The Proper Way to Submit to Publishers + Free Checklist

Believe it or not, there is a proper way to submit to publishers. And most of us have, at one time or another, messed up the submission process, leading to a rejection that could’ve been avoided. For some of us, landing a publishing contract with one of the big publishing houses is “the dream.” So […]

What is a Content Audit & Why Do You Need One?

I’m not going to lie. Today’s post will probably bore most of you to tears. Why? Because it’s about conducting a content audit. I mean, just the words “content” and “audit” make you want to thump your head on your desk and scream “I’m so bored!” at your computer or phone. But there is no […]

How to Set Realistic Writing Goals

Have you ever set writing goals for yourself? I hadn’t until this past year. This year my goals were to: Post frequently and consistently on my blog. ✅ Set aside time to finish writing my short story collection. ✅ Publish a work of fiction. (I published a poem instead.) ✅ Grow my blog following to […]

How to Create a Superhero (Part 2): Origin Stories

Welcome to part two of how to create a superhero (you can read part one here)! Last time, we talked about what a superhero is and their amazingly detailed history. Today, we’re looking at putting that history into action. Superheroes are still characters in a story, and like every other character type, they needed to […]

How to Write a Comic Strip Everyone Will Love

As we all know, the comic strip has been around for a while. We have chuckled over the funnies in the Sunday newspaper or giggled at their antics while browsing the web. But I don’t think many of us think about the work that goes into creating those panels each week. It’s for this very […]

How to Write the Perfect Mustache-Twirling Villain

An all-important truth has become clear to me recently. The hero of your story isn’t the most important character. Your villain is. Villains drive your plot forward, not the protagonist. Sure the protagonist has to accept the challenge that your villain issues, but without that push back from the villain, they have nothing to do. […]

How to Create the Worst Antagonists Around Town

Not many people like antagonists. They’re supposed to annoy the protagonists; to foil the plans of the heroes and create conflict. They are supposed to be a villain for our heroes to defeat. They create the conflict in our stories because they stand in the way of what we most want: money, power, for good […]

How to Create Protagonists that Readers Love

Protagonists

You can learn how to create lovable protagonists by focusing on what connects them with readers. And that boils down to a few things. The first being that you need to create round, dynamic characters that your readers relate to and sympathize with. That process starts with some character development. But because protagonists run the […]

How to Create Memorable Character Names

Names (character names or names for real people) are a big deal. Parents-to-be pore over baby name books for months looking for that “perfect” name. You want the name to mean something, to be unique. You want it to fit your character perfectly. It should hint at the story that will come as we journey […]