Katie's Notebook

A blog about writing, editing, and the bits of life that happen in between

Tag Archives | first draft

What Makes a Reader and Character Connect

Guest post by Ryan Lanz How does a reader connect with a character? This is a well-debated question, and one that many authors have asked themselves. It can mean the difference between a novel’s life and death. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Plot Worksheets For Writers

Some writers are plotters, some are pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants), and some are a combination of both. I think at some point almost all writers have been on both sides of this (feel free to comment if I’m wrong!). For those writers that are in need of a little plotting help […]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

13 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

Dialogue is extremely important to a story, and the best writers know how to use this to their advantage. Sure, you can argue there are “no rules for writing,” but by using these tips for writing better dialogue you’ll be encouraged as your scenes feel tighter, your characters grow, and the story captivates. When writing […]

Continue Reading Comments { 4 }

Taking Feedback: What to Do with Your Edit Letter

Guest post by Jeff Seymour It’s here, and by God, you wish it wasn’t. It’s like Christmas morning, if what Santa dropped off was a point-by-point list of everything you’d done last year that he liked and disliked, with special emphasis on the things you weren’t sure were good or bad but decided to take […]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }

Working Out the Kinks in Your Manuscript…or When the Story Just isn’t Working

I recently read a blog post about what to do when you get stuck writing your novel. What happens when you hit a wall in your manuscript and just can’t get past it? Usually, it’s not for a lack of creativity or trying. You are not forever “blocked”, but you are sort of stuck and […]

Continue Reading Comments { 4 }

Self-editing: What are your options?

You’ve finished the first draft of your novel, now it’s time for revisions. We know that you’ll need a professional editor soon, but before that, what can you do on your own? Revisions need to start somewhere, so here are a few options for editing your own work: Take a break – this is important […]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }
%d bloggers like this: