by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Beginnings need to cover a lot of material in a short space of time. We need to introduce the characters and their world, the story needs to be set up, the plot needs to be set in motion. And we only have a handful of chapters to do it. That’s a… Continue reading Does Your Novel Have a Strong Beginning?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your opening scene is the deciding factor in whether people read your book or not. If it doesn’t capture your reader’s attention in the first couple pages, more than likely, they’ll put your book down and go find another. With the speed of today’s world, people no longer have the time… Continue reading How to Create a Strong Opening Scene
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Whether to have a prologue or not is a debate for many writers. Nowadays its usage is not as common as it used to be. The opinion among writers today is the prologue is unnecessary and detracts from the story. Readers’ attention spans are getting shorter as technology develops and the… Continue reading How to Know When to Keep a Prologue
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Writing a series is a long and difficult process. There are so many things we must keep straight between each book it can be easy to get lost or frustrated. But tackling the three major problems you will run into will make the process easier. Plot It can be tempting to… Continue reading How to Overcome the Challenges of Writing a Series
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Creating a character arc on top of a plot and possibly subplots can seem like more work than is needed. But the purpose of a character arc is to help your readers form an emotional connection with the character. If your readers can’t relate to your protagonist’s struggles, they won’t care… Continue reading How to Establish a Character Arc for Your Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther While those who follow their characters wherever they choose to go will find plenty of holes to fill during revisions, even those who outline are bound to find a plot hole or two. Once we start writing it’s easy to get caught up in the story and run with the flow… Continue reading How to Fix Your Plot Holes With 5 Easy Questions
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Revisions can easily become overwhelming, especially if you are unprepared for the time and work you must dedicate toward finishing your story. It is best to remember revisions are merely the next step in the writing process. But there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to… Continue reading 6 Ways to Prepare for Revising Your Story
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Almost everyone gets writer’s block. Whether it is finding the right words, fleshing out a scene, or knowing what to write next. We all face it. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks and, in rare cases, even longer. For most people, this just means they… Continue reading Does Your Writer’s Block Have You Stuck?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Let’s just be clear. There's no such thing as a perfect first draft. No matter the writer, or how good they write, there is always something to fix. Whether it’s the plot, description, dialogue, or simple grammar editing, there is always more work to be done. There's just no way to… Continue reading How to Write the Perfect First Draft (or Not)
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It can be difficult to tie up all your loose threads if you can’t remember them. One way to keep these under control is to make lists to remind yourself of what’s left to do. Another is to write your ending first, then work in your threads wherever they work best.… Continue reading How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending