How To Choose and Build a Powerful Theme for Your Story

How To Choose and Build a Powerful Theme for Your Story

There are many approaches to theme. 

While literary novels are built on the foundations of their themes, many genre writers struggle to embrace all that a good theme has to offer.

For those who write to thrill or entertain, discussing theme often brings to mind images of authors using their fiction to beat readers over the head with some sort of message. Preaching from the pages, if you will.

Today, I'm here to not only combat this misconception, but to teach you how to choose a powerful theme that you can easily integrate into your novel---one that will make your story all the more spectacularly memorable.

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Use Your Ideal Reader to Better Write and Market Your Books

Use Your Ideal Reader to Better Write and Market Your Books

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to use your ideal reader to better write and market your stories!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Do you need talent to be a writer?

Do you need talent to be a writer?


I get emails all the time from blog readers who just don't think they're good enough to be writers.

They love stories, and they have an interest in writing them, but nothing they ever write turns out to be something they feel proud of. Does that mean they aren't good enough to be writers? Well, I have a few thoughts on that.

In today's video, I'm breaking down my thoughts on whether or not you need talent to be a writer. Make sure to check it out below (or click through to watch on Youtube). You can also scroll to check out the video transcript if you'd prefer to read through today's discussion!

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Exploring The Five Layers of Pre-Writing (with author Karah Rachelle)

Exploring The Five Layers of Pre-Writing (with author Karah Rachelle)

Pre-writing is one of my favorites parts of the writing process.

I know that statement may have some of you grimacing in revulsion, but hey! We're all different. And that's the beautiful thing about being a writer. There is no one right way to write, which means you have all the freedom in the world to figure out a writing process that works for you.

I've shared a bit about my own pre-writing process in the past (as well as through The Pre-Write Project), but my process certainly isn't the only process.

Today, I'm so excited to welcome author Karah Rachelle to the blog. I loved getting to explore her pre-writing process and gleaning a few tips & tricks that I plan to add to my own process, and I can't wait for you to do the same!

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My 5-Step Guide to Finding Your Ideal Reader (a #StorySocial recap)

My 5-Step Guide to Finding Your Ideal Reader (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to identify your ideal reader!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Is it okay to be an amateur writer?

Is it okay to be an amateur writer?

Is it okay to be an amateur writer?

Before we discuss today's topic, I have a fun surprise to announce:
 

I'm back on Youtube!


Last year, I started a Youtube channel, quit, started it up again as a Booktube channel, quit again... and that was that. I haven't uploaded a new video in nearly six months, but the truth is that I miss it quite a bit. I've always had so much fun creating video content!

I explain more about why I chose to re-kickstart my channel in this short video (captions provided), but here's the gist: I'm now going to run my Youtube channel as a segment of Well-Storied.

Every week, I'll upload a new video on the craft of writing that I'll also share here on Well-Storied as a blog post, with a full transcript below the video in case you prefer to read the day's tips. Sound like a plan?

Today, I'm sharing the first video I created now that I've jumped back into the Youtube world. Check it out below to hear my thoughts on why it's okay to be an amateur writer, and don't forget to catch the full transcript below the video!

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10 Ways to Care For Yourself As a Writer

10 Ways to Care For Yourself As a Writer

Back in the summer of 2016, I wrote a very personal article for the blog.

In it, I revealed that I battle depression and shared tips on how to write while living with a mental illness. I never could have imagined how much of an impact that article would have. It's one of the biggest reasons why I want to talk more about writerly self-care on the blog this year!

As writers, our work is so mentally and emotionally draining. It’s not hard to fall into periods of burnout or extreme doubt, which, being so difficult to overcome, can prolong our writing ruts even further and leave us feeling defeated.

This is not a pattern I want you guys to fall into, which is exactly why I want to share ten ways you can learn to care for yourself as a writer today on the blog. Sound like a plan?

Let’s dive in!

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How to Write Epic Story Conflict (a #StorySocial recap)

How to Write Epic Story Conflict (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to write epic story conflict!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Write Chapters That Captivate Readers

How to Write Chapters That Captivate Readers

So, chapters.

It occurred to me the other week that I’d yet to talk about them here on Well-Storied, despite the fact that I’ve been running this show for well over two years now. How could I have skipped something so crucial to the structure of a good novel?

I'll be honest. For a long time, I really didn't consider chapters to be all that important. Chapters give your novel structure, sure. But over the years, I've come to realize that that's not all they do...

Chapters also create a sense of pacing, of forward momentum, and---if you play your cards just right----a sense of page-turning urgency. Chapter breaks aren’t just places for readers to stick their bookmarks. They’re an opportunity for you, the author, to further captivate them!

So how can you make sure you’re writing captivating chapters in your own novel? Today, I’m going to break this topic down by answering five of your most popular chapter questions. Let’s go!

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Read & Written: Birthday Edition! (March 2017)

Read & Written: Birthday Edition! (March 2017)

It's celebration time, friends! Today just so happens to be my 22nd birthday, and no, that is NOT an April Fool's joke. It really is my birthday, so let's break out the cake!

In all honesty, it kind of blows my mind that this will be the third birthday I've celebrated with you guys. (I began She's Novel when I was 19!) I don't know where the time's gone, but I do know that I'm so, sooo grateful that you lovely folks are a part of my life.

Today's Read & Written, as always, will mostly recap what I read, wrote, and blogged in the previous month, but since I'll also share my plans for April, we're totally calling this the birthday edition.

So settle in, grab yourself a delicious slice of cake, and let's get to recapping!

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