July 7th, 2017

What Do You Want Readers to Wonder About?

By Janice Hardy

I’m working on a new novel, so I’ve been deep in the brainstorming and planning. In an effort to boost my productivity, I did something a little differently this time that could benefit other writers. I’ve added an extra “story clarification” line to my template. It’s a way to remind myself […]

April 7th, 2017

Struggling With Your Plot? Here’s a Fun Way to Learn Story Structure

Janice Hardy

When I was first learning how to write a novel, I read tons of how-to books and tried every piece of writing advice I came across. Some of it helped, some of it didn’t, and some of it did more harm than good. Luckily, I survived the experience and maintained not only my […]

January 6th, 2017

How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

When I sat down to write this post I intended to write about writing. It’s what I love doing, and why folks tend to invite me to guest post on their blogs (which I appreciate). But this came at a time when I’m feeling reflective and optimistically hopeful about the new […]

October 28th, 2016

How Filtering the Point of View Affects Show, Don’t Tell

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Readers experience your novel through the eyes of your narrator. Sometimes this narrative filter is invisible and readers don’t perceive any distance between them and the point-of-view character, such as with a first-person point of view. Other times the filters are obvious and readers feel the space between them and the characters, […]

September 30th, 2016

5 Reasons Your Revision Isn’t Working

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Revisions are a part of writing, and as much as we wish they’d go smoothly, they don’t always work out like we planned. Some manuscripts fight us and nothing we do makes them any better. When we run into such a troublesome beast, it helps to step back and figure out […]