Three Ways To Properly Use Secondary Characters In Your Novel

By Rachel Beck Ever read a book that felt like it was taken over by the secondary characters? Where the main characters couldn’t get a word in edgewise or accomplish anything due to being overshadowed by other characters who think they’re running the show?  Writers are often heavily influenced by their characters. While some writers … Continue reading Three Ways To Properly Use Secondary Characters In Your Novel

The Value of Networking in the Writing World

By Rachel Beck For some writers, the greatest joy of the gig may be that you get to sit behind a computer all day—perhaps this speaks to those of us who are highly introverted, for whom even the idea of networking can bring on the shakes. You might hyperventilate at the idea of a pitch, … Continue reading The Value of Networking in the Writing World

How to Make Your First Chapter Pop

By Rachel Beck You probably know that many literary agents and editors don’t always make it through the first page of a submission, let alone the first chapter. Due to the volume of their submissions inboxes, there just isn’t time to forgive any red flags or anything off-putting about the writing from the very first … Continue reading How to Make Your First Chapter Pop

The Importance Of Pacing In Your Novel

By Rachel Beck Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble … Continue reading The Importance Of Pacing In Your Novel