deck the hall

Deck The Hall: Five Tips To Help Novelists Set The Scene

December 18, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
We all know what to deck the hall with. That’s right, boughs of holly. Sure, we all know it because the song has an upbeat melody and lots of fun fa-la-las. But it’s also memorable because it sets the Yuletide scene so deftly. Along with all the fresh and fragrant… read more
best gifts

Best Gifts for Writers: Five Suggestions

December 14, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Best Gifts for Writers lists abound these days, and I’ve read a bunch of them now. It may well be that some writers want a literary tee-shirt. I do know that some writers have a writing tee, but I don’t know whether they take inspiration from one with a famous… read more
writing inspiration

Writing Inspiration: Where Do You Find It?

December 11, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
My short answer to the question: “Where do you find writing inspiration?” is: Everywhere. In other words I don’t think of writing inspiration in terms beautiful sunsets or waves lapping the shore. However, since the evening sky and the beach are included in “Everywhere” then, sure, they count as places… read more
improve your first draft

First Draft: Five Tips For Improving Your Story

December 7, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
You’ve produced the first draft of your story. Now what? First Draft Improvement: Tip #1 Live by the Russian motto, suggested by the title image: The first pancake is always lumpy. There are various ways to translate the phrase, and the adjective ‘blob’ also works. So. Your first draft is… read more

Ending: Where To Finish Your Story

December 4, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Ending your story is not necessarily easier than beginning your story, but the difficulties surrounding these two story moments are different.  My previous post was Beginning: Where To Start Your Story, whose major lesson is: Start your story as close to the end as possible. Okay, where is the end?… read more

Beginning: Where To Start Your Story

November 30, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Archimedes said: Tell me where to stand and I’ll move the earth. You say: Tell me where to begin and I’ll  tell …. Ahhh, that’s the problem. Where is the beginning of the great story you want to tell? Beginning: The Oldest Chestnut The oldest piece of writing advice in the… read more
Romance conventions

Romance Conventions: Know Them, Have Fun With Them

November 27, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Romance conventions are the story lines, situations and characters that make a romance a romance. They are also sometimes called tropes or commonplaces. They are salient enough for Jenn Northington of Book Riot to make the Romance Bingo card in the title image. Any version of the hero’s journey – a… read more