Genre Study: Historical Fiction – Tips and Tricks to Master Historical Writing

Want to try writing historical fiction? Need help with getting your story off the ground? Click through for all the details on this fun and enlightening genre!

If I had to pick a favorite genre, I’d have to pick historical fiction. So it made sense to start off my new series on literary genres with my favorite!

Each month, I’ll write about a different genre: what defines it, what challenges come up, common literary devices, and some additional resources to help you on your journey.

And like I said, today we’re starting with historical fiction! I love nothing more than getting swept away to a time period different from my own. Getting immersed in a time and place that I’m not familiar with is one of my favorite things as a reader and in fact, one of my favorite parts of reading! Historical fiction does this well, by bringing the reader along for a journey in a time we’ll never experience.

They always make me wish time-travel was a reality.

So what IS historical fiction anyways?? Continue Reading

How to Stay Organized as a Writer: Part 2

Get a handle on all your paper! Sort your story notes and file away your worksheets with my tips on staying organized. Click through to check them out!

Welcome to Part 2 of TLWB’s Getting Organized Series! This week we are working on my favorite thing to organize: paper!

Don’t worry, I am fully aware that the above sentence is a weird one.

I was always one of those kids who liked playing school, because of all the amazing worksheets (reasons why there are so many on this blog) and calendars and bulletin boards. I loved it.

So now, as a writer, sometimes I have to remind myself that just because I’m a writer doesn’t entitle me to all the pretty paper products…

Nevermind…being a writer totally entitles me to ALL the pretty paper products!

Maybe that’s where I get that uncanny ability of constantly acquiring paper, notebooks, pens, workbooks, note paper, stickers, sticky notes, cute erasers…

Today, we’re going to corral all our paper products/ writing materials/ supplies/ etc and get down and dirty to get our paper in order!

So we’ll start with the easy bit first… Continue Reading

Creating a Writing Schedule That Actually Works

Get writing everyday with my tricks for finding a writing schedule that actually works. Click through to get the action steps to writing everyday!

Let’s be real: finding time to write can be really hard. With day jobs, families, social obligations, community involvement, and Netflix, it’s hard to fit in the time to sit down and write. I can’t even stress the importance of writing every single day, but full disclosure: I don’t write every single day. I write almost every single day. And that’s because I have a schedule that allows me to write even when the rest of my life gets crazy.

Today we’re going to get you a writing schedule so you can make those small steps every day to write your way to your dream. All you need is a bit of gumption, your planner or calendar, and an open mind. Continue Reading

Create a Title That Stands Out

Want to draw in readers and keep them reading? Give your work a stand out title! Click over to the website for your title-creating worksheet!

For me, one of the easiest parts of writing is coming up with titles for my work. More often than not, I just go with my gut and the phrase sticks. But sometimes, picking a title is really hard. For instance, my Elves series is simply called “Elves” because I haven’t come up with something else I really like yet.

But no more! Today I’m going to walk you through a process to pick a title you love for your current work. One part training, one part fun adult homework, and one part brainstorming exercise, we’ll break down the places you can draw inspiration from to name your works, and gather it all together to come up with a few different options so you can pick the perfect title. Continue Reading

June Writing Prompts

Need writing ideas? Here are five writing prompts to get you through the month of May! Click over to the site to see them all!

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.

Happy June! There are four Monday’s in June which means…four writing prompts! Like always, submit your stories to contact@thelexiconwritingblog.com and I’ll pick one winner each month to feature on the blog! Continue Reading