“Hey Meg, what’s your favorite part of writing a book? Is it when you get to make things magically explode?” “That’s fun, but hmm… I don’t think that’s my favorite.” “Is it when characters look longingly at one another?” “OH! That’s great. Have you read my best friend Sabaa Tahir’s book AN EMBER IN THE… Continue reading “Hey you! Yes you!”: Writing Dialogue
In A World… is a series of posts about world building, where our contributors share strategies and tips for creating well-rounded worlds. If you write speculative fiction, you have probably heard the advice before to treat your world like a character. This advice is definitely spot on and is a key to creating vivid, dynamic settings… Continue reading In A World…: Writing A World Like A Character
Sometimes, you finish a giant revision and you think to yourself. “Finally, I’ve made it through Mordor and now I will throw this damned ring into the fires of Mount Doom!” Your finger hovers over the “send” button, you stare that beast in the eyes, the one that you thought you loved but that really… Continue reading Before querying & sub: cutting word count, filler words, & line-edits
Many of us are familiar with Scrivener as an alternative to Word when it comes to plotting, writing, and revising our novels, short stories, etc. In addition to this, I’ve learned how to utilize Scrivener as a tool for my blog as well. I’ve been blogging about TV, movies, books, and Broadway at Hollywood the… Continue reading How to Use Scrivener As A Writer Who Blogs
Writer’s Block Party is honored to host literary agent, Peter Knapp, for this week’s #DVPit blog hop. For more information on #DVPit go here: dvpit.com In my apartment, sitting on top of my armoire, is a large shoebox full of keepsakes: ticket stubs and playbills, museum maps and gallery catalogues, postcards and birthday notes, party invitations,… Continue reading #DVPit Blog Hop: The Passage of Time in Your Novel
Hi everyone! This is our fourth roundtable and we’re talking about multiple POVs! *Note: This post is done in a roundtable style where members of Writer’s Block Party discuss a topic together. Moderator/Editor: Kat Cho Melody: The UNWIND dystology by Neal Shusterman follows three kids and as the series goes on, we get more POVs. I… Continue reading Roundtable #4: Multiple POVs
Sorry, I had to do it. Puns give me life. Just like scenes give a story life! A story is made up entirely of scenes, like the Lego blocks of a Lego castle, and/or Lego blocks of a Millennium Falcon™ Let’s play a game! Do you know what movie this scene is from? Do you… Continue reading Can Your Scenes be Seen?