Spark Creativity!

Creativity: the use of imagination or original ideas. 

Take risks, think in a way that’s outside the box! I wanted to look into how someone can spark more creativity in their life, and came across a very interesting article. 10 Psychological Tricks That Will Boost Your Creativity. In this article they discuss how you have to seek out things that inspire you, rather than waiting for something inspirational to happen. 

I personally loved all of the tips mentioned, and will be sure to try and introduce them into my own life. Creativity is endless! We just have to find the right recipes for ourselves to keep our creativity flowing!

Writing Chapter One

Your first chapter needs to be the ultimate hook! Something that will encaptivate publishers, agents, and readers (no pressure). But don’t worry, that’s why you’re here…read on to discover the writers chapter one checklist.  

Disclaimer: Everyone’s books are different so every first chapter will be. There is no perfect formula to a first chapter but there are key elements. 

  1. Introduce the protagonist. 

First things first, we need to know the main character. We don’t need to know descriptive details just yet but enough to know a little bit about them. And don’t forget…for every great protagonist comes a great antagonist.

  1. Establish a point of view. 

What is your story’s point of view? Will you be writing in third person limited, third person omniscient, first person or another POV? Pick one and stick to it!

  1. Set the genre. 

From the first chapter the reader should truly understand what genre they are reading. Is it a romance, science fiction, thriller and so forth? 

  1. Introduce the conflict. 

What is going to keep the reader engaged? Why are they reading this story? Introducing the conflict in the first chapter gives the reader something to look forward to and makes them continue to chapter two. 

  1. Don’t overwhelm the reader.

Try not to throw in too much information in the first chapter. They still have a whole book to read after all! So limit the characters and places you mention in the first chapter. 

And as always..have fun! This is your novel and there’s no right way to write a first chapter, just helpful tips! And if you have any worth sharing let us know!

Happy Writing!

10 Tips To Enhance Your Writing Space

No matter what kind of writer you are, you need a dedicated space where you can be productive without distractions. You need a space where you love working that can inspire you and keep you focused! So continue and find out how you can enhance your writing space!

  1. Choose your space.

This may seem obvious, but you need to find your own space that you are happy with. Don’t go with your obvious choice either, take a look at your space and weigh out your options. 

  1. Make it comfortable.

Start with your desk and work from there, you will be spending most of your time there anyway. You want positive feelings all around! Hang up your favorite photos or quotes and make it feel like your own. Use colors that bring you joy rather than worrying about everything coming together perfectly. 

  1. Add a plant.

You’d be amazed as to how adding a simple plant can heighten your mood, or put your mind at ease. Many studies show that plants can reduce stress too!

Consider something small and easy to take care of like an air plant (Tillandsia), snake plant (Sansevieria), philodendron, or a spider plant.

  1. Pay attention to placement. 

Height plays a very important role with all factors. The height of your desk, your computer, the top of the shelf. You want everything to be easily reachable and set in a way where it doesn’t strain your body. You may even want to consider getting a standing desk. 

  1. Get the right light. 

Lighting! Lighting! Lighting! It plays a very significant role in your writing space. Natural light would be best, but sometimes we don’t all have that luxury. The next best thing to natural lighting is LED lighting. When doing night time work, you will want to avoid blue lighting, so try and find something more warm. 

  1. Limit distraction. 

Turn the TV off and try to tune into your work. Put the gadgets away and anything that can distract you. Check out our post Motivational Apps To Start Your Day Right for apps to help you reach your work goals. And if noises distract you try investing in a pair of noise canceling headphones. 

  1. Declutter regularly. 

You don’t want your workspace to feel like a chore. So make sure it is up to your clean standard after you finish working. A cluttered desk will not inspire creativity! Everything around you should be in support of your goals. 

  1. Consider having multiple screens. 

These are not for distraction! But imagine having a screen where you can begin your story/write ideas and another where you can conduct research. It might boost your productivity and keep you focused on your current topic.

  1. Display your inspiration. 

This one is so important we need to say it in a few ways. Constantly seeing your goals and writing them out is a great way to achieve them! Read our Vision Board post for some more inspiration on how you can create your own vision board and reach your goals faster!

  1. Fill your space with the things you love!

Don’t forget to put your personal flare on everything– and we mean it!

Hallo-queen of Halloween…Time For Halloween Puns!

These are not just for the dads of the world…everyone can use a good pun! Slip it into a conversation for (hopefully) a good laugh, or they often make for a great social media caption. So let’s have fun this Friday and read some puns!

Here are a few of our favorites…

  • My costume is eerie-sistible
  • Creepin’ it real.
  • Lookin’ gourd-geous!
  • It’s a brew-tiful day for eating tons of candy.
  • I won’t let you slip through my Butter Fingers.
  • Ghouls just want to have fun.

I hope you had fun in the pun-kin patch! I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself:)

Comment your favorite pun below, or share one we haven’t.

Happy Spooktober Everyone!

Writing The Anti-Hero

The Anti-Hero
We are living in a time where escaping the confines of our home is what we want to do more than anything. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, etc. can only provide so much entertainment. The plots become predictable, the characters lose their shine…yada, yada. You know the drill. My favorite stories, both on the screen and between the pages, are the ones following the “most loved”
character wrestle their moral high ground, and ultimately fail. These characters feel real. I feel like I know them, have met them in my day-to-day life. Truth is: I probably have and so have you. Instead of listing off characters you can base your own character off of, how about we talk about making your character unique to you?

  1. BACKSTORY IS VITAL
    Backstory to characters who strive for the ultimate good makes sense. But what about the characters who are angry? Or who are evil? Do not forget one of the more important things in writing: evil can be created. Explore that. Whatever was done to this character can introduce so
    many more things about them, such as personality traits, nervous ticks, complex behaviors, and beliefs. Your reader doesn’t need to know this information right away, too. Write it out on a new document on your computer and in your notebook before you begin your tale. Uncovering
    the backstory as the story progresses is the best part about the antihero.

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  1. ANGRY OR NOT; THE OUTCOME OF THEIR ACTIONS ARE…
    Good! For them, at least. It’s a satisfaction for them to do the things they do, because they feel it’s right. They may hurt some people along the way, mentally or physically, but they have a goal in mind. This character could be ruthless. This is what sets them apart from your regular hero. It’s also what sets them apart from being a total villain. They don’t want good for everyone, they want good for them. Which, once their background seeps into the story, sympathy will be created for them by the reader (if they have heart, that is.)

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  1. REDEEMING QUALITIES BUILD SYMPATHY
    Okay, so what if the character in question likes to kill people. Simply because they like to do that doesn’t mean they don’t have a soft spot for Grandma or Grandpa who raised them through their chaotic upbringing. They’ll always make it home for dinner every night, so they don’t upset
    them. See that? That’s a redeeming quality. Piling up the negative can be emotionally exhausting. Not everyone is as terrible as that. I can think of a few, but we won’t go there. Overall, if the character has a laundry list of negative qualities and zero good ones and they still win in the end, that’s going to be one upsetting story and you’re going to have a laundry list of
    unhappy readers. Give them traits to make them likable. You’ll have your readers’ hearts in your hands.
  1. YOUR ANTIHERO IS HUMAN (OR CLOSE TO IT)
    Point is, we are flawed. You and me. Your antihero should be too. Lean towards realism. They have their own moral code, their own inner conflict, and they will always face difficult decisions to meet their end goal. Don’t we all? That’s what makes us each unique in our own personal journey so why not give that to your antihero as well. We aren’t all terrible…right?

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So, get to it! We’re done here. Nothing more, nothing less. Antiheroes are far more fun than regular heroes. It’s nice to see a good two-shoes every once in awhile, but I like characters who commit heinous acts (to a certain degree!) and have purpose to their wrongdoings. Who are some of your favorite antiheroes in the literary world? My all-time favorite will always be Dexter Morgan. Not because of Michael C. Hall’s adaptation (although, major plus, albeit), but because of Jeff Lindsay’s creation of him. A serial killer with conscience? Absolutely brilliant.

Happy Writing!

Let’s Write A Thriller!

We can’t skip over Spooktober without thinking of writing a thriller! We must give the people what they want!

Now, there’s a million and one sub-genres and other avenues for writing a thriller, but we are just going to stick to the basics. Just like a good witches brew, there are main ingredients a thriller must have. 

Choose a fitting theme.

Death, good vs. evil, courage and heroism, war, individual vs. society. You know what I mean! All good stories have themes, so pick one and stick to it!

Open up with a bang!

You can go into the biographical stuff later on in the book. Make chapter one the time to introduce the crime and the action. Don’t sacrifice your writing style, but bring on the action!

Multiple points of view. 

Allowing the reader to go deeper into character minds builds more tension and can thicken a plot. We want to know who these characters are. 

Emotional change. 

The protagonist needs to show growth and even victory over time. We want to know their fears and desires and how they change from it. 

Reveal something new in each scene.

We want to learn something new, no matter how small it may seem. We are on a ticking clock after all…

Avoid passive voice.

Show, don’t tell! Use action verbs to make the reader feel it. 

Teach the reader something. 

When all is said and done leave the reader with knowledge. About an animal, social issue, medicines, anything! We want to remember your book!

I hope you learned something new today. Now, start writing your best thriller book! There are many more tips and tricks out there- use them to your advantage. 

And don’t forget to share your work with us and view our other posts for more writing tips. 

Happy Writing!

Stephen King Said It Best…

Stephen King said it best…when writing don’t forget to think about the reader. They are the ones you want to read the book after all. You must create the idea, but as it grows the reader has taken over and made it their own. Leave room for their imagination to grow. 

How do you interpret this quote? Share with us below!

Happy Writing!

Submit Your Work For Representation

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If you are an already published author and looking for representation for subsidiary rights, click here. You can receive an instant representation offer! If you are an unpublished author or looking for representation on an unpublished manuscript, please click here and tell us more about yourself and your work. 

We work with you to help reach your literary goals!

Happy Writing!

500th Blog Post!

Celebrate with us! This post marks our 500th on WordPress! Thank you to all of our followers who have been on the journey with us. Whether from the beginning or a few weeks ago you will find that all of our posts are literary focused. We offer advice, publishing news, fun crafts, and inspiration throughout our blog. So if you know anyone who would enjoy our content please send them our way! And if you are new, hello! We hope you enjoy our content and will follow us for another 500 posts!

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Invent Words!

What happens when you have a word you want to say but there’s no word for it…you make one up! So many authors dating back to Shakespeare have done just that, and oftentimes you use words that you don’t even know an author invented! If the time comes and no exact word does the trick…

How To Write Faster

You want to finish your book, but your thoughts are running faster than your fingers…don’t worry, here are some ways you can increase your writing speed! Write everyday First and foremost to get better at writing faster you have to practice everyday. For those who have been reading The Write Nook for a while now,…

It’s Okay to Take A Break

Are you feeling a little tired but you know you have to carry on with your work? I am here to say that it’s okay to take a break! Here are some great ways to take a break that will get you ready to get back to work! Take a walk Get some fresh air…

What’s On Your Writing Desk

As most of us have made our homes our temporary work locations, setting up a space where you can actually get work done is very important. While our beds may be our safe havens and comfy places, hop out of there and find something that more or less resembles your real work space. I know it may be a faint memory, but you can do this! 

Everyone’s situation is different, which is very understandable. While some may have a whole room dedicated to their work space, others have to round up whatever free space they have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it just as comfortable. My recommendation is to create an uplifting space. Put a few words of encouragement or photos around you, light your favorite candle and try and go about your daily routine as best as possible. 

As time goes on you will find out what works best for you. Is it too noisy in your space? Try and work with headphones on. Do you get distracted easily? Play around with different locations, and create more of a day to day outline. We can do this together! Let us know what works best for you!

Happy Writing!