Romance vs. Women’s Fiction

Which Do You Mean to Write? by Marla Buttars Cue the lights. Hear the screaming crowd take sides. Because today, people, we’re covering…(drumroll) Romance verssssuuus… Women’s fiction! Okay, while that may sound like a bad episode of WWE, romance and women’s fiction are two genres that seem to cross each other’s lines and consequently appear…

Setting the Scene, Part 2: Elements of a Setting

by Emilee Newman Bowles When you talk about a novel’s setting, place usually comes to mind first. But there’s a lot more to a setting than just where it happens. Review this list to see if any of these setting elements need more work in your story (and need to have greater impact on your…

How to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List

  by Lindsay Flanagan The New York Times  Bestseller List. The very name sends shivers down your writer’s spine. You envision your books will one day be emblazoned with the badge of honor that counts you as a New York Times  Bestselling Author. You know it’s a pretty cool list, and you know you’d like…

Setting the Scene, Part 1

Part 1: Seven Tips by Emilee Newman Bowles Your plot and characters are vital parts of your story, but they need a place to inhabit: the setting. Even fast-paced action novels need setting details so readers can imagine where the characters are. Here a few tips to keep in mind about setting the scene in your…

Outlining versus “Pantsing”

by Lindsay Flanagan To outline or not to outline…that is the (much-debated) question. As a writer you may feel like you’re on team outliner (or plotter) or on team “pantser.” Maybe you haven’t decided which side to join. Or maybe you’ve joined one or the other but haven’t really had total success with either in your…