Your Purpose For Writing Determines Everything

If you’re writing a novel, are you doing it because you love writing, or because you love to share stories? There’s a difference. Sometimes I feel upset over criticism on my work, but in the end I feel grateful that someone took the time to give me feedback. It’s that feedback that will help me…

Every Plot Point Must Test Your Character’s Beliefs

Writing a Novel? Using plot points as a way to test and strengthen what your main character believes in will make their development more fulfilling. Subscribe to my email list to receive my newsletter and writing tips in your inbox.

How Much Time You Need to Spend Promoting Your Novel

How many agents have you queried? One? If it took you a year to write your first novel, then why wouldn’t you spend at least a year promoting it? The writing industry is extremely saturated, so finding an agent or publisher is all about persistence. Kim Liao even suggests aiming for 100 rejection letters every…

How to Break into the Publishing Industry

People pleading for author support and reviews from their friends need to stop. Yes, I support authors and I support leaving author reviews, but getting riled up about these things is only hurting your progress as a writer. When you ask people to “support” you and they do, 99 times out of 100 it’s because…

Terry’s October Newsletter

Read the first chapter of The Moon King here 🙂 Check out my writing tip videos: Your Villain Is Just the Hero That Succumbed to Her Own Weakness Three Ways to Improve the Introduction of Your Story One Thing That Will Put You Ahead of 100 Other Writers Every Day Check out more writing videos on…

Your Villain Is Just the Hero That Succumbed to Her Own Weakness

Having trouble writing your villain? When I wrote my first novel, I focused so much on building up my main character that I seriously neglected my villain. Turns out my villain was as flat as a board and it seriously impacted my story (not in a good way). It wasn’t until I thought of my…

Three Ways to Improve the Introduction of Your Story

If you’re looking to improve the first few chapters of your novel, here are three impactful ways that I’ve found make my introductions much more compelling. Happy writing! 🙂 Subscribe to my email list to receive my newsletter and writing tips in your inbox.

One Thing That Will Put You Ahead of 100 Other Writers Every Day

“I want to write a novel, but I just don’t have the time.” That’s what I hear from people after they find out I wrote my first novel. Novels don’t just happen. They take a lot of persistence and super hard work: Waking up early to write before work. Saying no to hanging with friends….

Terry’s September Newsletter

(here’s the link to last month’s watercolor newsletter) Here’s the link to my Facebook Page. I also post the videos on my blog here. Here’s the link to The Simple Test That Will Tell You How Compelling Your First Chapter Is That’s all this month. Happy Fall! From Terry! Subscribe to my email list to receive my newsletter and…

The Simple Test That Will Tell You How Compelling Your First Chapter Is

If you think the first chapter of your novel could use some improvement, there’s one simple test that can tell you how to make it better. Kill the main character at the end of your first chapter. This will tell you how compelling your first chapter is. Write something like, “Jim slips off the bridge and falls to his death.”…

Terry’s August Newsletter

Here’s another watercolour newsletter this month! (here’s the link to last month’s newsletter) Here’s the link to the Writing Excuses podcast. That’s all this month. Enjoy the rest of the summer. From Terry! Subscribe to my email list to receive my newsletter and writing tips in your inbox.