Using MBTI to Develop Characters, Part 3

Heyyo! Here we are, folks — at the last blog post in the MBTI mini series. I’ve got 4 more points for you, and then I’ll let you go back to your daily lives. Let’s start before I forget what I was doing and get lost in a staring contest with my betta fish. (His…

Using MBTI to Develop Characters, Part 2

Hey there! Welcome to part 2 of my MBTI mini-series! Today we’ll pick up where we left off last week, explaining 4 more ways to use MBTI to develop better characters AND giving real-life examples*. *meaning real-life examples from my fictional world—but the examples are real because a real author went through this—meaning me ……

Using MBTI to Develop Characters, Part 1

Today is part one of my three-part series on using the Myers-Briggs Typing Indicator to develop complex characters. If you’re not interested in using MBTI, well, that’s okay. It’s not for everyone—just skip these blog posts! However, I find that the pros far outweigh any cons I’ve heard. Today will be a shorter part because…

If you’re writing fast, does that mean you’re writing badly?

One of the things I think is important as a writer is to learn to write fast. Early on in your writing career, this is not necessarily vital; however, as time goes on, and especially if you begin to write professionally, you will probably need to write fast. Now, granted, not everyone wants to learn…

Chapter length, story length, and more: the ultimate guide to how long you should be writing

How many words!? This is a question I’ve heard repeated over and over again in every writing forum I’ve ever visited. Writers just want to know how long their chapters and their books in general should be. The problem is, there’s not a solid answer. “How many words!?” Most the time I find myself saying,…

3 Tips to Work Your Way through a Writing Slump

Today we’ve got a blog post that is applicable for all shapes and sizes of writers because all shapes and sizes of writers experience the phenomenon of a writing slump at one point or another. In my opinion, it doesn’t mean “time to give up.” It means time to push forward. And here’s how! #1:…

3 Reasons Why Head-Hopping is Evil

Ah, head-hopping. The bane of any beginner’s existence. Head-hopping happens when you are writing third person (“he said/she said”) limited (not omniscient – e.g. any time you are not narrating the story the story!) … and you’re writing along in one character’s point of view (POV) … and suddenly you’re able to see the thoughts…

How to Set SMART Writing Goals

Hi there, writers! Today I’m going to be telling you about the best way to set writing goals … The SMART way! SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-bound If you follow these rules for making goals, it’ll be easier for you to achieve them! Let’s break each of those ideas down. Specific The…

How To Push Through A First Draft

Writing a first draft is hard – especially the first one, but this difficulty continues through every novel you’ll ever write. The first draft is the point at which most authors give up on their story. They just stop writing, and another set of characters, another world, another plot dies. Sometimes it seems like there’s…