Master List: Medieval Names from England

Master List: Medieval Names from England

If you’re naming characters in Britain in the Middle Ages, this is the list for you! I got inspired to make it because I needed to research late medieval-era names for my new project. This might also be helpful if you’re writing a Renaissance or … Continue Reading →
My 9 Rules For Social Media

My 9 Rules For Social Media

I spend a lot of time chatting online—on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, here, and elsewhere—and I’ve made lots of mistakes, and I’ve learned a few things. The TL;DR version is basically this: But here are some guidelines I try to follow! I think they’ll be helpful whether … Continue Reading →
SAVE THE CAT Beat Sheet for a 75K Novel

SAVE THE CAT Beat Sheet for a 75K Novel

Save the Cat is a book about screenplay writing that many people love to hate. I like it. In an exhortative style with a lot of self-aggrandizing flourishes, it gives straightforward, solid advice about titles, loglines, plotting, and more that you can easily apply to … Continue Reading →
How to Be a Real Writer

How to Be a Real Writer

I’ll often see or hear someone say, “I don’t know if I can really call myself a writer…” And sometimes, it’s someone who I know is writing! A lot! It drives me bananas. Some things are really simple, and this is one of them.   … Continue Reading →
500 Great Words for Writing Love Scenes

500 Great Words for Writing Love Scenes

Last week, I wrote a post on synonyms for the most intimate parts of the body, which can be helpful when writing a sex scene (or just writing about a character who’s thinking about being in one.) I felt like it would be helpful to have those separated out. … Continue Reading →
Synonyms for Intimate Parts of the Body, for Writers

Synonyms for Intimate Parts of the Body, for Writers

I discussed in my “myths about romance novels” post that some people still believe all romance novels contain hilarious euphemisms for genitalia. Most romance writers don’t get too fanciful. Still, sometimes we need synonyms, so I’ve collected some here.     I wouldn’t personally use … Continue Reading →
Top 50 Things That Make Me Feel Great

Top 50 Things That Make Me Feel Great

This week The Telegraph published their list of “Top 50 Things That Make Britons Feel Great,” based on a survey they did. It’s not a list of things like “peace” or “my precious children,” but about tangible pleasures. I knew I had to do my own list, mostly … Continue Reading →
MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

Hey there! Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and get a feel for the characters, and again, they can set up … Continue Reading →
MASTER LIST of Facial Expressions for Writers!

MASTER LIST of Facial Expressions for Writers!

Writers need good descriptions of facial expressions in their stories to help the readers picture the characters, to convey emotions, and to set up lines of dialogue without having to write “said” or any of its synonyms. However, it’s easy for us to rely on … Continue Reading →