Hitting writer’s block? Looking for something creative to do with zero pressure? That’s what writing prompts are all about–getting you out of your rut and allowing the creative juices to seep back in! Check out today’s prompt below to get you started.Continue reading
Freedom never felt so sweet! You sit down to write and have TEN different points of view (POV) to choose from. Who should you go with today?
Hold on! Not so fast. Before writing a novel with multiple POVs, let’s take some time to assess whether this technique is best for your story.
On Tuesday we talked about when to write multiple points of view. Today, we’re going to focus on parsing out the pros and cons of using this writing technique. As I was curious (for top secret reasons of course) about this topic I spent way too long googling all the pros and cons for this. I’m hoping I can save you some time through my learnings here.
Let’s start with the bad…Continue reading
You’ve had a brilliant idea for a book! You’re scribbling down notes as fast as you can. Worlds are coming into focus, intricate plots are woven together, and new characters are demanding your love and attention.
You sit down to write your first chapter and realize there’s one thing you’ve forgotten: point of view (POV).Continue reading
Choose your own prompt option:
A: The transfer student seemed normal. Until her fairy maid (cursed into a butterfly) told me she was a princess – and they needed my help to get home…
B: The transfer student seemed normal. Until his fairy guard (cursed into a snake) told me he was a prince – and they needed my help to get home…
Finish the prompt in 300-400 words (or less). Post your prompt in the comments below or email it to us! We would love to read it!
You’ve written a book! That’s fantastic. And now you’re at the point where it’s all polished and shiny and ready to be out in the world.
Which means you’re facing one of two scenarios: you’ve signed a contract with a publisher who will be releasing your book, or you’re getting ready to self-publish your book baby. Either way, you’ve got a Launch Season ahead of you, and that’s both exciting and scary!
So, what do you need to have a successful launch? Aside from an awesome story (which we know you have since you’re at this point), you need a plan. But don’t worry—it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds!Continue reading
SP: Hey Gillian! So glad to have you here on the Spinning Pen. 🙂 Before we get started, we want to hear about YOU and your writing journey! What made you want to write and what’s a fun fact you don’t mind sharing?
Thanks for having me here! Growing up, I always had a book in hand, whether I was doing chores, climbing a tree, or riding my horse. (Yes, my sweet old horse let me read on his back while he grazed.) My older sister and I would act out our favorite stories, which morphed into creating our own characters and plots for our play time in the woods, which eventually morphed into writing down those stories. So, the transition between reading to writing felt like it happened naturally, and I always had a story that I was working on. But it wasn’t until I was in high school and stumbled across an author’s blog that I realized authors were normal people who wrote books (as opposed to strange and magical creatures) and maybe I could be one. That’s the moment the dream sparked! What kept it alive was the hope that I could tell stories about characters like the ones that had shaped, encouraged, and inspired me growing up!
Fun fact about me? Just about every pet I’ve owned (other than my horse) has had a literary name of some sort—most of them from the Lord of the Rings.Continue reading
The world of writing can appear elusive. When you see a great author’s work, it’s a rare sight to see the author themselves. They can exist in a somewhat hidden manner and appear to be a group of untouchables that many of us are unsure how to approach. It’s one of the many factors that can make the decision of becoming a writer seem grand, exotic, or simply unrealistic.Continue reading
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news. Traditional publishing took a one-two punch from 2020. Already over-worked, skeleton crew publishing teams faced even more layoffs and had to scrap much of their 2020 marketing plans when all in-person events—including the now-defunct Book Expo and Book Con—disappeared for the foreseeable future. Indie publishing didn’t fare much better in 2020 thanks to paper shortages, supply chain breakdowns, and even their #1 fans being so stressed out that they didn’t have the attention span to read a recipe, much less an entire book.Continue reading
In the spirit of holiday giving, we at the Spinning Pen would like to give back to YOU our writing community. 🙂 That’s why starting today, we’ve opened up our holiday giveaway!!
The giveaway includes:Continue reading
It’s a sensation we’re probably all familiar with though it never becomes easier to face.
No writer likes to hear, “Nope, sorry, your manuscript/project/idea/fill-in-the-blank just isn’t good enough.”
I recently entered one of my stories in a contest and found myself on the receiving end of some less than complimentary criticism.Continue reading