Bianca Pheasant
Interviews / June 25, 2017

Good evening, peeps! I am very excited to share  an author interview with you today! Just for a quick intro, I am interviewing Bianca Pheasant, a murder mystery and suspense author from South Africa. Make sure you pick up a copy of her incredible book, Electus per Deus: Selected by God, right here! You’re sure to be thrilled! And since these posts are supposed to be less about me and more about the featured author, I will pipe down and move on to what she had to say!   *Bianca Pheasant is a part-time writer with a full-time passion for storytelling. She is trying to make her mark in a world filled with amazing authors. She lives in South Africa with her daughter and husband of ten years. Bianca loves creepy crawlies and she has a fascination with murder mysteries. Visit her website at www.biancapheasant.co.za, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/biancapheasantbooks, and email her at info@biancapheasant.co.za!   When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Writing and reading has been a passion of mine since I can remember but I never had the confidence or the faith in my own work to actually write a book and then publish…

Confession: I’m Not a Real Writer
General Writing Tips / June 19, 2017

  I have come to find that there is a discrepancy between who we want to be and who we actually are. I like to walk around the house while singing whatever pops into my head. Sometimes it’s even just the national anthem. I can’t really sing, but I enjoy it and it’s fun. Does that put me on par with Whitney Houston though? Should I call myself a singer? You would probably answer no. As most people would concur, my lousy “around the house or in the shower” singing does not make me comparable to some of the greatest singers in the world. With that in mind, that’s why I have a confession for you today: I’m not a real writer. No, there are no ghost writers or any other weird shit lurking around here (though there may be actual ghosts). Everything you’ve read has been written by me and only me. But I’m a nobody. I’m no J.K. Rowling or James Patterson or Steven King or Danielle Steele. I’m not even a E.L. James (which I frequently give thanks to God for). I write things but it doesn’t matter. Very few people, if anybody, ever see them. I…

How To Outline Your Novel (For Pantsers)
General Writing Tips / June 5, 2017

Authors usually fall into one of two different groups: Plotters or Pantsers. Plotters Plotters, as the name suggests, are little more than conniving, scheming marsupials (you know, in the best way possible). Their notebooks or tablets are filled to the brim with charts, notes, outlines, and anything else that fills in every crevice of their novel. They usually know everything that happens before they actually write it, and they are double, triple, and quadruple prepared for any bouts of writer’s block. One of the most famous plotters to speak of is J.K. Rowling. If you Google it, you can find some of her outlines and plans for the Harry Potter novels, like this one right here (yep, people, those are the scribbles of Ms. Rowling). For many of us, though, the problem with plotting and outlining is that we never stop. We can spend weeks, months and years planning, charting, drawing, and researching only for it to dawn on us one day that we haven’t actually written a single word of our novel. Yikes. Words has it that J.K. Rowling spent five years outlining her Harry Potter novels before she actually started writing. But because of who she is and the massive amount of success it…

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