Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Tips and tricks to help with writing.

Do You Need An Outline?

Do you really need an outline? Is that even a question that can be generically answered to fit every writer out there? No, not really. But what I can do is explain the process that has worked for me.

So if the question is: do I need an outline? And for me, that answer is yes, but the outline has to be done in a pretty specific way. The formula for it has been tweaked and redefined through project after project until something has been refined enough to work each time.

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Judging A Book by Its Cover

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…right?

Maybe you shouldn’t, but let’s face it, we all do. Especially in this century. Everything we encounter is polished, glossed, and designed that we have come to expect beauty, even in packaging. Think of Apple products and advertising. The iPhone 6 will stick to its tried and true stylings, packaging, and marketing. Not only is it part brand building but sleek visuals catch our eyes and plead for our attention.

Art and style have become an ingrained part of our lives. Advertising, movie trailers, electronics all focus on their art style and in turn we as consumers focus on these aspects.

Your book will be judged by its cover.

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Character Sketch

It’s one thing to make a living, breathing world, it’s entirely another to make a living, breathing character.  There are a few ways to achieve this, but one way to get the ball rolling is to develop a character sketch.  After the jump is the one I have developed for myself over the years, and I’ll give some tips on using it.

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How You Can Write A Book A Year

You can write a book a year without it feeling like a monumental task. All you need is a little help from, of all things, math. First you should know that the average novel is 160,000 – 180,000 words. There are exceptions of course, but all you have to do is tweak the formula to see how much it will take to finish your novel.

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