Welcome to my ten-part series where we’ll be going through the ten basics of storytelling as outlined in my guidebook The 10 Lost Elements of Storytelling – a book you can get for free by subscribing to my newsletter! In these posts, we’ll pound out the basics of these storytelling elements, but my guidebook is more detailed on … Continue reading Conflict Keeps Interest: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 8
...I’ve since discovered that it’s almost impossible to see Telling in your own writing just by reading. The story you’re sharing is alive in your mind, playing like a movie, with every detail available to your brain, from the pink sky your characters stand under in your scene, to the low hum of traffic in the distance. … Continue reading Reblog: 7 Ways to Find Telling in Your Writing by First Edition Design Publishing
No. 30/100 flash fiction stories Bela Thornfield stared out her window, longing to be anywhere else. No, not just anywhere else, but North, where—according to her elven penpal—the fields were covered with glorious white snow. Here at the Southern Ridge, everything was just…green. And brown. “Can’t you do something about it?” she’d asked Grandpa Rabick. … Continue reading Our Snow – A fantasy flash fiction story
As some of you know, I've become a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson in the past year. His Stormlight Archive series blew me away and I eagerly devoured more, this time the first Mistborn series. I plan on buying the rest of his Cosmere books with Christmas money and reading them this year. Why? Because … Continue reading Mistborn Era 1: Trope Subversion at Its Finest
Happy Monday! Starting today, you'll not only see motivation in my Monday posts, but also a writing prompt you can use throughout the week. This week's writing prompt: Snow. The point is to think outside the box for this one; I'd love to see something totally unique and unexpected. If you write a story based … Continue reading Feeling Down About Your Writing? You’re Not Alone!
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After giving this year a lot of thought, I decided that I’m going to go all out in 2023. My goal is to publish three books, write two major short stories, edit and pursue traditional publication for Project Pea, finish a video game script, and begin a … Continue reading Announcing My 2023 Writing Projects: New Year Spectacular Finale!
At the end of every blog post, I have a little message (actually two, but I’m talking about one in particular). If you’re surprised by that, I don’t blame you—you’re here to read the posts, and your time is valuable! But this little message is very important because it provides the link to subscribe to … Continue reading Newsletter News: New Year Spectacular Part 4!
You guys are awesome. You know why? Because whenever I ask for beta readers, you volunteer. Beta readers are so important to writers, especially indie authors like me! As my audience, you help me hone my skills and figure out what works in a story (and what doesn’t.) Without you, I wouldn’t be able to … Continue reading The Super Official and Awesome Beta Reader List: New Year Spectacular Part 3!
Okay, newsletter subscribers, I see you nodding your heads. Yep - everyone who's subscribed to A Novel Idea got this news months ago when I started working on this project! (If you want to be a part of this community, head on over to this link to sign up and receive my monthly newsletter and … Continue reading Online Store Grand Opening: New Year Spectacular Part 2!
Happy New Year! I'm so excited to begin this brand new year with all of you! After taking lots of time to consider my goals last month, I came up with an action-packed plan for 2023. I hope you're ready, because this week is going to be filled with some spectacular announcements! Book Giveaway To … Continue reading Book Giveaways and Blog Updates: New Year Spectacular Part 1!