Terry’s November Watercolour Writing Newsletter

Read the first chapter of The Moon King here  Check out my writing tip videos: How to Break into the Publishing Industry How Much Time You Need to Spend Promoting Your Novel Every Plot Point Must Test Your Character’s Beliefs Your Purpose For Writing Determines Everything Make Your Novel More Compelling by Using Emotion Here’s … More Terry’s November Watercolour Writing Newsletter

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 … More How Much Time You Need to Spend Promoting Your Novel

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

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

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.” … More The Simple Test That Will Tell You How Compelling Your First Chapter Is

2015 is OVER!

Heyo my fellow writers! If you’re like me, you’re reflecting on everything you’ve done this past year. For me, I think this is my biggest year of accomplishment yet. I hope it sets a precedent for a super successful 2016! This past year, I discovered what I really want to do with myself. For years … More 2015 is OVER!