The 12 Steps of Writing a Novel Explained
When you start researching how to write a novel, you may start to think it’s impossible—that your story will remain stuck in a desk drawer forever. However, you can write a novel! You just need to tackle the writing process one step at a time. To help you get started, here's your 12 step guide to writing a novel, from initial idea to final publication! #novelwriting #indieauthor
Free - Story Bible - The Novel Smithy
Struggling to keep track of your story? ✍ Writing a novel involves a lot of moving parts. That’s why a story bible is so useful. If you're ready to get your story in order, download your FREE copy of my Story Bible Template and start creating the map your novel needs to thrive!
Free - Character Workbook - The Novel Smithy
How well do you really know your hero? 🤔 So many writers are friends with their protagonists—but they’re not best friends. If you’re ready to craft a protagonist readers can’t look away from, download your FREE copy of 50 Questions To Ask Your Protagonist, my in-depth guide for getting to know your hero!
Why You Should Dictate Your Novel for NaNoWriMo | The Novel Smithy
Few writers struggle to explain their novels out loud. Not only do most of us speak faster than we type, but we don’t have to think as hard about what we’re saying—it just comes naturally. All of this raises a question: for a challenge l
How to Create a Story Bible for Your Novel | The Novel Smithy
Writing a novel requires you to keep track of a huge variety of information, including everything from character names to languages, technologies, and even religions. With so much to worry about, how can you keep track of it all? Well, the answer is with
5 Types of Heroes and How to Write Them | The Novel Smithy
There are many types of heroes that can populate our stories, from the classic hero, to the anti-hero, failed hero, and heroine! Of course, each of these heroes have their own unique traits to consider, so it's important to know how these five types of he
Why, When, and How to Hire an Editor - The Novel Smithy
Hiring an editor is easier said than done. When is the right time to start? What type of editing do you need? Are you even ready to work with an editor? All of these questions are important to consider before diving into professional editing—so, let me walk you through everything you should know before hiring an editor for your novel! 🤔
The Keys to a Compelling Novel
I frequently receive emails asking me how to write a novel. Often, the person will be familiar with story structure, but not character development, or with outlining, but not scene structure. It’s easy to only see half the picture when you don’t know what
3 Ways to Get Un-Stuck in Your Novel — Writely Me
Here are 3 ways you can get un-stuck in your novel. Are you facing writer's block? Are you stuck in your story? This post will help you get through. #writersblock #writing #stuck
4 Tricks for Raising the Stakes of Your Story
When writing a novel, conflict is the name of the game. However, conflict alone isn’t enough here—instead, you need a conflict with stakes. These stakes create consequences for your novel, ensuring it’ll leave a lasting impact on both your characters and readers alike. The question is, how do you raise the stakes of your novel, even in the slower moments of your plot? Well, the key is to leverage four simple storytelling tricks!
10 Steps for Outlining Your Next Novel | The Novel Smithy
A truly well-built outline is so much more than a simple list. It can organize your thoughts, help ensure your story is complete and cohesive, and take the intimidation out of writing a novel. Outlining your novel is a critical skill for writers and autho