How to Plot a Practice Novel

Over at Writer Unboxed, Janice Hardy is sharing her “Ten-Step Guide to Plotting a Practice Novel.” If you have always wanted to get that novel out of your head and onto paper but been hesitating here is your chance to get started with some practice.

How to Plot a Practice Novel

Here is a snippet”

“Plotting is a vital skill for writers, but it’s something that’s difficult to teach. Every novel is different, and every writer has a different process for how they write that novel. It’s hard to learn the necessary skills while working on a novel you care about, since you might not be willing to change an element you love to fit a conceptual plot point.

But you can practice plotting”Continue Reading

She is also doing a giveaway where she will critique 10 pages of your book. Pretty cool, that!


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Awesome Authors: Val Bianco

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Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

Val contacted me a couple of years ago and asked me to read and review his book, Sons of Cain. As far as I can tell, it is his first and only book, and I *really* hope he writes another! It is such a “crazy-good” story that will keep your attention from the very beginning. Some of the words I used to describe the book in my review are “riveting, thrilling, captivating, scary.”

The book is a political thriller with a religious twist. It is fast-paced and kept me on my toes almost the whole time. I didn’t want to put it down. In fact, if I remember correctly, I think it only took me two days to read the whole book.  Val’s writing is just so descriptive, realistic, and as I said in my review, reading Sons of Cain is an “experience.”

If you ignore all the book and blog suggestions that I make this month, don’t ignore this one. I don’t give 5 stars very often but I gave my very first 5 star rating to Sons of Cain. So, if you enjoy suspense, or fast-paced political thrillers, Sons of Cain will knock your socks off!


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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

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From Book Description

“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.”

My Thoughts

Remember how I said I wanted to re-read this book because it’s “sequel” was coming out? Well, I did – in only two sittings. 🙂 My goodness. I read this book back in 8th grade or so and I had forgotten how wonderful To Kill a Mockingbird is!

Of course, as one would expect from a classic, the novel is well-written, and Harper Lee’s writing style is very engaging. She had me “hook, line, and sinker” from the very beginning of the novel to the end. I will never forget the characters who seemed like real neighbors by the end of the novel, especially “Boo”.

If you haven’t read this book, or if it has been a very long time, I highly recommend that you pick it up.

Now I definitely can’t wait to read Go Set A Watchman (although it may take a while since I have 4 books in my immediate “queue” to read)!