How to Fix Your Plot Holes With 5 Easy Questions, Planning Your Novel, Plotting, Writing Your Novel, Plot Threads, Revisions and Editing, Revision, Renea Guenther
Planning Your Novel, Plot Threads, Plotting, Revision, Revisions and Editing, Writing Your Novel

How to Fix Your Plot Holes With 5 Easy Questions

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

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Does Your Writer's Block Have You Stuck?, Writer's Life, Writing Process, Writing Your Novel, Writer's Block, Stalled Stories, Renea Guenther
Stalled Stories, Writer's Block, Writing Life, Writing Process, Writing Your Novel

Does Your Writer’s Block Have You Stuck?

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?

How to Write the Perfect First Draft (or Not), Writing Life, Writing Process, Writing Your Novel, First Drafts, Renea Guenther
First Drafts, Writing Life, Writing Process, Writing Your Novel

How to Write the Perfect First Draft (or Not)

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)

How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending, Climax, Endings, Plot Threads, Subplots, Writing Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Climax, Endings, Plot Threads, Subplots, Writing Your Novel

How to Write Toward a Climactic Ending

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

6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel, Planning Your Novel, Outlining, Plotting, Renea Guenther
Outlining, Planning Your Novel, Plotting

6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Every story follows a basic structure. This has been true since the beginning of time and applies to all forms of storytelling, from a story passed verbally through the generations to that of our modern-day novels. It is second nature to us to get lost in a story when it follows… Continue reading 6 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Novel

How to Create Characters the Easy Way, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Character Creation, Renea Guenther
Character Creation, Characters, Planning Your Novel

How to Create Characters the Easy Way

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A story can’t exist without characters. But with all the different character creation lists out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. For me, that starting point is first knowing the role the character is going to play in the story. Once I know that, picking character traits… Continue reading How to Create Characters the Easy Way

How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers, Planning Your Novel, World-Building, Setting, Writing Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Planning Your Novel, Setting, World-Building, Writing Your Novel

How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther If we want our world to come alive in our readers’ minds, we have to make it feel real. This is particularly important for those creating worlds that live only in the imagination. If the reader cannot picture the world, they will not feel connected to the story or its events.… Continue reading How to Build a Realistic World That Will Awe Your Readers

How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme, Story Development, Theme, Planning Your Novel, Renea Guenther
Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Theme

How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A book should be about more than plot and characters. Every writer wants our stories to be about something important to us and how we view the world. A message the reader walks away with that imparts a deeper meaning to how they view their own lives. We hope it’ll change… Continue reading How to Build a Stronger Story Using Theme

15 Questions to Choose the Best Story, Ideas, Choosing a Story, Premise, Planning Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel, Premise, Story Development

15 Questions to Choose the Best Story

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther If you’re anything like me, at this point you may have turned several ideas into strong premises. They all seem interesting, or you wouldn’t have taken the time to write them down. So, which one should you spend the next several weeks (or months) writing? You don’t want to be halfway… Continue reading 15 Questions to Choose the Best Story

How to Craft a Strong Premise For Your Novel, Premise, Planning Your Novel, First Drafts, Writing Your Novel, Story Development, Renea Guenther
First Drafts, Planning Your Novel, Premise, Story Development, Writing Your Novel

How to Build a Powerful Premise in 6 Easy Steps

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It can be exciting to start writing a new novel. You have a fresh idea, you can picture your characters, and you’ve begun imagining cool scenes to use in your story. The only problem is: it’s all in your head. There’s still a lot of work to do before you can… Continue reading How to Build a Powerful Premise in 6 Easy Steps