Revising for Structure

When I finish the dummy for my current picture book project, I’m going to dig back into my magical realism middle grade novel.

Here’s an amazing post that came in an e-newsletter today. It’s perfect and I know it will help me. If you’re revising your NaNoWriMo magnum opus, it might help you too.


From The Write Practice Blog, Advice on Creating Good Bad Guys

The most important character in your story is the villain. If you find that your story is lacking something, you probably don’t have to look any further than the opposition. If your hero doesn’t have much to overcome, he can’t be much of a hero. The greater the evil he faces, the greater your protagonist will be. Even in stories of man against nature, it can’t just be any storm, it has to be the Perfect Storm. See what I mean? Click below for some great ways to make your opposition more effective–and more original.

50 Shades of Villain: How to Characterize Without Cliché.

From the LitReactor Blog, Here’s a Great Post for Writers

If you want to get published, here’s a good article to read.

Questions Every Writer Should Be Asking But Isn’t | LitReactor.

Start a Series with a Strong Stand-Alone Book

If you are interested in writing a series for kids, read this excellent blog post from an author who knows how it’s done.

Writing the Stand-Alone Book as a Series Pilot | WritersDigest.com.

Create Conflict with Action

Make your character commit to action. Read why this is important and how to do it in Kristen Lamb’s blog.

Would You Rather? An Exercise in Creating Max Conflict in Fiction | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

Nonfiction vs Fiction for the Story You Have to Tell

Here’s a great post from “The Write Practice” blog about a basic decision. When you have something to share with the world, should you choose fiction or nonfiction? Click on the link below to read the advantages and disadvantages for each.

Should You Write Nonfiction or Fiction?.

Literary Rambles: Agent Spotlight: Kate Schafer Testerman

I met Kate Testerman at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. She is actively seeking clients. Click on the link to read about her background and interests.

Literary Rambles: Agent Spotlight: Kate Schafer Testerman.