Part one of a multi-part series about putting your best book out there when self-publishing. In this part, we talk about formatting the manuscript.
We all need an editor. Sure, asking friends or family can help, but sometimes you need an impartial set of eyes to look over your work. Having someone else to catch those simple errors or mistakes in flow is necessary for any writer. Many apps have arrived online over the
It's a new year, and at Writing Bloc we're taking the opportunity to set some intentions for 2019, both as a group and individually as writers. Expect Writing Bloc to grow throughout the year as we continue to find additional ways to support the writing community. We checked in with
Want to improve your writing? Learn another language!
I know. You might be saying, "But...writing in English is hard enough. Why would I waste my time with any other language?"
It's simple, really. Writing, as with any intense activity, is best performed after a good warm up. Your brain is about to
Writing and editing are two different things.
Writing itself should be a simple task. All you have to do is put one word after the other, form sentences, form ideas, and make everything you've done come together into one great work that is sure to express your heart and soul exactly
On Thursday, I spoke at a NaNoWriMo kickoff event hosted by the wonderful nonprofit, Inlandia Institute. People seemed to enjoy the workshop and I met some nice people! Afterward, I was surprised and humbled when Inlandia presented me with an honorarium. As a former board member of the organization, I guess
Though you've likely heard of NaNoWriMo, you may not know about NaNo Rebels. These are writers who participate in the month-long writing marathon, but don't follow the rules. They may write essays or nonfiction instead of novels, they may set a word count other than 50,000. They may work on
Rachael Sparks is the author of the hard science fiction novel Resistant, which Publishers Weekly called "a scientifically accurate apocalypse." Resistant takes place in a near future in which drug-resistant bacteria are winning the battle over humanity. Rachael was kind enough to chat with me about science, character development, and
NaNoWriMo is Coming!
NaNoWriMo is an event that keeps getting larger and more popular each and every year. And it's no wonder. There's something romantic and wonderful about writing a novel. Most of the times I've told people that I've written novels, the conversation inevitably turns toward how they have an
There's something we might be overlooking in our character development as writers.
We all know about character arcs. Characters need to change over the course of a story. When I received my developmental edit letter for Rock of Ages, my editor conveyed that even the jerk boyfriend in my story needed to