June 19th, 2015

How Judgmental Are Your Characters?

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

In real life, being judgmental might cause a few problems, but in fiction, it’s something every character should aspire to. How characters–especially the point of view characters–judge the world around them shows readers what that world is like and how it works (and even non-genre writers need to world build, it’s […]

September 19th, 2014

The Benefits of Doing an Editorial Map

Janice Hardy

There’s something satisfying about finishing a first draft. The novel that’s been poking you in the brain for months is finally done and you can stand back and marvel at it like a new parent. And like a new baby, there’s an awful lot of mess to go with all that joy.

Protagonists […]

June 20th, 2014

How Emotional Peril Keeps Readers Reading

Janice Hardy

Before I dive in, I’d like to say congrats and cheers to everyone at WITS on their new home! It’s hard to improve something so good, but they managed to do it. Kudos, Stormies! And thanks for letting me stop by to help you celebrate.

Okay, on to the writing tips…

When you […]

April 18th, 2014

Do You Know Your Novel’s Theme?

By Janice Hardy

Theme is an often misunderstood and underused aspect of a novel. Years of English classes have made us think that theme is something reserved for literary novels or stories with deep, meaningful messages, not for commercial fiction and good old fashioned stories.

Total bunk.

Theme is a highly useful part of any […]

September 6th, 2013

Be Your Own Book Doctor

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Photo Credit: Lynn Kelley via WANA Commons

If you Google “book doctor” you’ll get pages of folks willing to analyze your book and tell you what’s wrong with it. While this might be a helpful option for some, not everyone can afford to pay for this type of advice. […]