Revising a Series: The Struggle

Revising a Series My current WIP is a five-book series. Five books! What was I thinking!! My initial idea was a trilogy, which is one of the most common ways of writing a YA fantasy story: Make it three! But as I was outlining, I wound up outlining five books. … Continue Reading →


Your Novel’s Middle: Keeping up the Momentum

The Deep Breath Before the Plunge The middle of your novel is arguably the most important. Sure, a sharp beginning and a high-impact ending really bring the project forward, but in the middle lies your symbolism, your climactic build-up, your character development–all of the things that make your novel resonate … Continue Reading →


The Story Bible: Needs, Wants, Must-Haves

What’s a Story Bible? Bible in a Binder For those with the need to feel the paper between your fingers, here are recommended supplies for your Bible in a Binder: 3-ring binder, suggested 2″ size Dividers, with 5 tabs. Preferably with pockets. (If you need more tabs, buy a pack of … Continue Reading →


The Lady Nerds Review: Novelize, the Online Writing Platform

Novelize: The Online Writing Platform Novelize is a writing interface that you didn’t know you needed. At least, that’s how it’s been with me. It’s light, clean, easy to use, and really fun. Just so we’re clear, I am a staunch supporter of Scrivener. It’s a software that I’ve used for years, … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo Prep: Word Count Comfort

Is 50,000 words really a novel? There are some out there *points at self* who are concerned with the novel produced through the annual November writing marathon in terms of its word count–50,000 words is, in my view, kinda short in terms of being a novel. But is it really? I … Continue Reading →