Writing the words on the page is one of, if not the hardest parts of being a writer. To watch all of our videos on drafting, use the playlist below. The find a specific topic with regards to drafting a novel, use the list below or the search bar.
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to implement beautiful words into your writing when you read sentences that make you go WOAH.
Kellie sheridan had one EPIC writing day. Here she shares her tips on how to have a day like that, yourself.
Rachel shares tips for how to end your story.
E. Latimer talks about her latest project, the “Bisexual Death Druid” book, and experiencing a form of creative whiplash.
Kellie Sheridan talks about three apps that can help your writing–Evernote, NaNoProgress, and Write or Die.
Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!
E. Latimer talks about getting stuck halfway through writing your book.
Write with the door closed. Edit with the door open. –Stephen King (also Emma Kate)
Sometimes you get 70k words into a draft and realize…maybe I’m trying to do too much in one book. Emma talks about taking the time to reevaluate your outline when you get stuck and making course corrections when your original plan for the book just isn’t working.
Emma Kate talks about the importance of scenes, and how to write a good scene.
Emma Kate talks about writing detailed scene outlines and how she uses it to help her as she writes.
Emma Kate shares her best tips for drafting a novel that has a lot going on.
In this Sunday Special Live Chat, the WordNerds talk all about “The End.” How to decide what your ending will be, how to write it, and what things to avoid.
Today we’re talking all about endings! How to write a strong ending, endings that sing, etc. etc.
Emma Kate talks about the most important elements of an opening scene, and how to write a compelling first chapter.
Let us know any questions you might have about finishing projects over in the discussion section, and we’ll try to answer it live!
Kellie Sheridan shares some advice for your first draft.
Erica Crouch talks about writing a messy first draft, getting your word count in, and establishing character voice.
Emma share some tips for finding the best first line for your book, discusses whether or not you need the “perfect” one, and shares some examples.
Meghan talks about how to make sure that you finish your manuscript.
Meghan talks about what she did to get faster at writing, and shares the spreadsheet she used to track all her data. LINK TO THE WRITE FASTER SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l_yHqsp7bLDFO2WY2CylIZHBUlORF6TFGtn5IudOsNA/edit?usp=sharing To save the spreadsheet for yourself, you have two options: File / Make a Copy / Okay (on the box that pops up and asks if […]
Meghan provides a step-by-step guide to writing your very first book.
Meghan, usually a strict plotter/chronological writer tries out writing out of order and actually? likes it??
Calyn Morgan talks about word vomit and whether or not it is good to spill words onto the page.
K.N. Lee–NYT and USA Today bestselling author–talks about how switching from pantsing to plotting helped her become a stronger, more focused writer. She also shares how you can become more of a plotter while still maintaining the free, character-driven feeling of pantsing.
E. Latimer talks about keeping up momentum when the shininess of your shiny idea wears off.
Emma Kate talks about the importance of letting an idea sit, and not forcing it into something you don’t want it to be.
Calyn Morgan talks about the importance of hooking readers with your first line, and shares some first sentences that wow her.
Emma Kate talks about realizing she needed to make a change that required a restart of her work in progress.
Kellie Sheridan knows that prologues can be a touchy subject for writers. Should you have one?
Meghan struggles to pick a new idea to work on (featuring: dinosaurs!).
Emma Kate shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.
Tonight we’re talking all about starting a new project.
Emma Kate has some encouragement for anyone who’s feeling down about the middle of NaNoWriMo or the middle of their draft.
Rachel Sargeant talks about writing tension well using advice from Alfred Hitchcock.
Rachel Sargeant talks about five different ways you can begin your story.
Meghan gives tips for when the middle of your book feels like it’s dragging.
Emma Kate talks about how you can capture real life as it is happening so that you can write it well later on.
Emma Kate gives some advice for those of you who don’t write quickly.
Meghan gives some tips for getting through the oft-dreaded middle of your book. ANOTHER MEGHAN VIDEO ON MIDDLES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=293iAdZ7y1M WORDNERDS VIDEOS ON ENDINGS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVIuP9m7eq0 MEGHAN’S VENGEFUL WRAP-UP VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2kMkw3PGe0
Emma Kate tells you what to do when you have no clue what should happen next in your story.
Desiraye Williams talks about why Google Docs is great for drafting novels.
Kellie Sheridan talks about the ideal word counts for YA novels.
Meghan talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.
Meghan talks about how to write an opening line that will have your readers desperate to see what happens next. The keys? Voice, imagery, and wonder!
Emma Kate talks about writing by hand as a method for getting inspired.
Kellie Sheridan talks about why she loves skipping ahead to different scenes. You don’t have to write chronologically!
Kellie Sheridan revisits the benefits of writing out of sequence.
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds give tips for young or first time writers.
Kellie Sheridan talks about how not everyone’s first draft is a total dumpster fire! And that’s okay! Bree’s Tweet – https://twitter.com/mostlybree/status/1084108664108187654