Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 4: Intellectual Challenge

“Some want the tales to be like puzzles they have to solve. These works don’t worry about explaining themselves. They present reality in an amazingly complicated way, on their own terms.“ The Gotham Writers Workshop Think of a story you absolutely love–fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction. Think about … Continue Reading →

Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 3: Laugh and Wit

In the words of Cosmo Brown: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH. With all of the sadness, negativity, and struggle that you put your characters (and YOUR READERS) through, please, make them laugh–or, as Joss Whedon said, “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell … Continue Reading →

Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 2: Positive Social Change

Positive Social Change Not that I need to say any of this, but there’s a LOT happening in the world today, and sometimes it can be difficult to find hope in humanity. This is where you, as a writer, step into your superhero suit, ignite your heroic emblem across the … Continue Reading →

Giving Readers What They Want, Part 1: Escape

What is most important to you, as a writer, to provide to your readers? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Confession: I’ve been struggling to complete the final revisions on Book One. You all will probably remember my post about follow-through in my Libra’s Guide. It’s the last few yards … Continue Reading →

The Rewrite: Keeping Track of Revisions

Revisions – Love ’em, Hate ’em, Gotta Have ’em This is it. This is the final revision. (Cue Europe’s “Final Countdown” synth intro.) This is the final polish, the one I will use when querying for an agent this summer. (It’s finally here!) Here’s the rub: I’ve done something hair-brained and … Continue Reading →