February 19th, 2018

The Benefits of Writing a Novel “Just for Fun”

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

A few years after I published my third novel (Darkfall), I’d fallen into a dark time in my writing. I’d been working a one of those books that did not want to work the way I felt it could, and I’d come to dread sitting down at the keyboard every day. […]

October 6th, 2017

4 Questions to Jumpstart Your Novel

Janice Hardy

For some writers, a blank page is a scary thing to face. Others see all that white space as an opportunity, and can’t wait to dive in and tell their story. The vast majority of us probably fall somewhere in between, with some ideas making us eager to write, and some fighting us […]

September 1st, 2017

6 Ways Your Setting Can Create Conflict

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

No matter what form it takes, conflict is at the core of every story. It’s part of what drives the plot, and it’s what makes readers eager to read on to see if the protagonist succeeds. Characters face problem after problem, and with each trouble found, they’re forced to make tough […]

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 […]