8 Things I’ve Learned from Writing This Blog

I started the Lexicon Writing Blog a year ago with one main goal: I wanted to get myself writing again. It occurred to me that I could write about writing, so over a few months, the idea of the Lexicon Writing Blog rolled around in my head until May 21, 2016, when I pressed publish on the blog’s first ever post: May’s Writing Prompts.

Little did I know what was in store for me once I pushed that button. Continue Reading

How to Find Your Story’s Genre, Even If It Fits in Several

Pick your story's main genre when it could find into several.

Do you read a particular genre over and over again? Do you continue returning to sci-fi or historical fiction or steampunk or YA?

If you’re looking for me in a bookstore, you’ll find me in the fantasy or historical fiction sections. I keep returning to books that have magic, that takes me out of my modern world, that send me on quests and have me talking with creatures or people I’d never otherwise know.

But in many instances, a story can have more than one genre. What might be classified as Fantasy could also fall into the steampunk category. What could be called mystery could also be considered a historical fiction.

It’s incredibly helpful to know what genre your story fits into mostly. Picking one genre creates a strong tool for you as you publish your work. Not just for purposes of finding your audience, but knowing your main genre helps you determine where best to market your book, how to market it, and helps your story be found on Goodreads, Amazon, and other online book websites. Continue Reading

Working With Cliches

Use these three common cliches to your storytelling advantage without sounding...cliche.

Cliches are…well, a lot of things: annoying, frustrating, predictable, excuses to get out of being creative. So it’s easy to write off books and stories full of cliches as half-assed pieces of potentially fine writing.

But there is a reason cliches are used frequently: they resonate.

The best way to connect with your readers is to write stories that will resonate deeply with them, stories that they can relate back to their life experiences and take with them into the world. And sometimes, the best way to do that is by using a cliche. Continue Reading

Birthday Writing Prompts

The Lexicon Writing Blog turns 1! I'm sharing my favorite writing prompts from the year in this post! writing prompts | get writing

On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.

May 2017 marks The Lexicon Writing Blog’s one year anniversary! I can’t even believe it! Writing this blog has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done all year and I’m so thrilled you all love it as much as I do.

In honor of that, I’m sharing my favorite writing prompts from the past year! Get writing this month. 🙂 Continue Reading

Finding Your Story’s Glue: Writing the Small Scenes

 

Whenever I start writing a new story, I’m filled to the brim with the “big scenes”. You know the ones: the big battles, the declarations of love, the moments of failure or success or terror. They’re what I call “the dramatic movie scenes”…the scenes that have the most incredible, dramatic music score in my head.

These can be the easiest scenes to write. We can think about these scenes, picture them in our mind’s eye over and over again until we know them as well as our favorite movie. Writing them down is the easy part!

But then, eventually, you realize that your book can be composed entirely of “dramatic movie scenes”. It would be exciting, but your reader would never get a breath. Important information about minor characters, the world the story takes place in, or foreshadowing of later events, are hard pressed to be seen.

Because sometimes a minor character’s’ love story isn’t a “dramatic movie scene”…it’s more of a “calm movie scene”.

And those just aren’t as exciting to write sometimes.

But. But. But. Continue Reading

Random Places to Find Inspiration

Use this list when you're completely stuck. You'll be inspired in no time!

Ah, inspiration. The unicorn-like state every writer craves for intense writing and motivation. It’s hard to chase and even harder to catch. Especially if you’re suffering from any number of writerly hang-ups.

I’ve talked before on writer’s block, motivation, and how to take advantage of inspiration when it strikes, but today I wanted to write a shorter post on some random places you can look for inspiration. Continue Reading