4 Engaging Ways James Baldwin Captures Emotion

4 Engaging Ways James Baldwin Captures Emotion

Recently my publisher recommended I read the novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin.

Baldwin is known by many for being a political writer during the Civil Rights movement, but what struck me about Beale Street was how he conveyed this emotion. He does such a great job making me feel Tish’s love, desperation, etc. throughout the book such that I found myself thinking, “how did he do that?”

How did Baldwin so successfully evoke emotion in Beale Street? Here are some of the answers I came up with.

Why You Should Cultivate Daily Writing Habits

Why You Should Cultivate Daily Writing Habits

NaNoWriMo is a fun thing lots of writers do each year. In order to write 50,000 words in just 30 days, they write thousands of words every single day. Whether you’re writing a novel in a month or not, though, writing every day is actually a really valuable habit to develop.

Don’t believe me? Then check out these quotes from authors and bloggers, which will inspire you next month and beyond!

How to Write a Novel in Six Months

How to Write a Novel in Six Months

I finished the first draft of my 300-page novel in six months. I’m just a regular person. Therefore, if I can do it, you can do too.

Want to start—and finish—writing your novel in just six months? Here’s the process you need to do it. Whether you like to outline every last detail of your novel before you start writing or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants and discover the story as you go, these five steps will set you up for novel-writing success.

5 Writing Tips from Colson Whitehead

5 Writing Tips from Colson Whitehead

A couple weeks ago, I attended an author talk with Colson Whitehead at Politics & Prose in D.C.

The author has been writing novels for 18 years, but recently he’s been getting a lot of attention because his new book, The Underground Railroad, was inducted into Oprah’s coveted Book Club. The book is about the escape from slavery to freedom in the antebellum south, but it also has fantastical elements—a literal underground railroad that exposes the protagonist to different worlds at each station.

Here are five tips I gleaned from his talk.