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Category: Guides For Aspiring Writers

Guides for Aspiring Writers is a place where I can post some things that I’ve learned over the years and share them with young, new and even seasoned writers. In the writing community, we all have things we can share with each other! If you have any topics you’d like for me to cover, shoot me an email at me@spencermccoy.com and let me know!

Benefits of Using a Wiki for a Series

Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of a wiki when writing a book series. For those that don’t know what a wiki is, it’s like an online encyclopedia. You can use it to build out your world and characters is an easy-to-use format. Check out the wikipedia for Game of Thrones as an example of how it can...

Good Versus Good Makes an Interesting Read

When you’re getting ready to write a story, you might be wondering how to set up your protagonist against your antagonist. You might be thinking that your antagonist is purely evil and your main hero is purely good. Sometimes, though, good versus good can make just as interesting of a read. Sympathetic Villains Writing an antagonist doesn’t mean they have...

Outlining Your Novel: Four Steps

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a hundred ideas for novels in your head at any given time. You’ve thought about plots, you’ve listened to your characters, and you’ve brainstormed conflict and resolutions. Yet, you still haven’t sat down to write. Perhaps you should consider outlining your novel. There’s a lot of debate out there about whether outlining...

Writing a Series: The Pros and Cons

All my life, I’ve wanted to write an epic fantasy series. So one day, I decided to do just that. I brainstormed a plot, I developed the characters, and I set out with a lot of excitement and a little bit of fear. Eight years later, I finally completed my six-book Cartharia series. Wow, what a ride! Now that I’m...

How to Write a Novel With a Full Time Job

Do you have a novel idea that’s been brewing in the back of your mind for forever? Think you have what it takes to be the next best American writer? That’s fantastic! How do you write a novel with a full time job, though? Writing a novel takes a lot of time and energy and if you’re working hard to...

Writer’s Cycle: The Good, The Bad, and The Terrible

Every aspiring author has a writer’s cycle they go through. It can vary from person to person, but it boils down to essentially the same thing. We write, we think it’s great, we realize it’s not, and we feel terrible. Rinse and repeat. Today, we’re going to break down the writer’s cycle to it’s fundamental core components and challenge each...

Fantasy World Building: A How to Guide

Fantasy world building can be a fun adventure for old and new writers alike. However, it can also seem like a daunting project. The scope alone can seem intimidating and a lot of people don’t know where to begin.  They might lose motivation when they start their book and realize how much work goes into creating an entirely new world. ...