Crystal Kamm

Crystal Kamm

Nov 21

If NaNoWriMo Was a Fitness Challenge

Writing a novel is arguably one of the most gruelling of endurance sports. We write and write and write, only to scrap what we wrote and ...

NaNoWriMo as a fitness challenge - Photo by Miriam Alonso

Nov 14

Using Conflict to Move Your Story Forward

NaNoWriMo is in full swing, and for some of us, that means we’ve started a whole new project! Even though I am writing most of the ...

Writing conflict - Photo by Klaus Nielsen

Oct 3

Turn Off the TV, Write a Novel

When writing a novel, there’s more to success than getting the work done. Being successful really comes down to a few things, namel...

Turn the TV off and write a novel - Photo by Huỳnh Đạt for Pexels

Sep 19

Write to the Right Soundtrack

Last year, we did a poll on our Instagram to see whether our writers prefer to write in silence or with music. We wanted to know if there...

the perfect writing soundtrack

Sep 12

Start Your Story Late

The less information you can provide before the first point of no return, the better. Here’s why you should start your story late. ...

Start Your Story Late - Photo by Beth Jnr on Unsplash

Aug 29

What To Do When Motivation Is Lacking

When you’re writing something as huge as a novel, it can be difficult to remain motivated, and that is a fact. Most other projects are ea...

when motivation is lacking header - Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Aug 1

How To Plan a Novel (By Not Planning It)

Writers everywhere approach their novels differently. Some of you meticulously plan everything. Others wing it by sliding into their comp...

How to plan your novel - Photo by Photo by Ivan Samkov for Pexels

Oct 22

Writer’s Routines: Writing in the Afternoon

Writing in the afternoon is often overlooked. In movies and books, writers are seen typing away late into the night or getting up early i...

Aug 3

Writer’s Routines: Writing in the Small Hours

Are you a writer who works best after everyone else has gone to bed? Does writing in the small hours yield your best ideas? If your favor...

sheer curtained window looking out over water at dawn

Jul 10

Revising your Novel: Playing in the Sandbox

Before I wrote my novel, I scoured the internet searching for facts about how to write a novel. I got all the books, I took all the semin...

Jun 15

Writer’s Routines: Writing at Night

Are you a nighttime writer? Does writing at night yield your best ideas? If your best ideas come to you just before bed you’re keep...

Jun 9

How To Write Better: Aesthetic Isolation for Writers

When you’re deep in a major project as a writer, it can be too distracting to enjoy the entertainment that we normally enjoy. For t...

May 21

Find an Agent with #PitMad

Writers who have not found their agent-match yet, consider #PitMad, a special event that occurs quarterly on Twitter each year. How does ...

May 14

What is Steampunk?

We’ve all heard the name steampunk. And we definitely all know what it looks like. Sometimes we hear that it’s dead. And then...

May 7

Why We Talk About Book Genres

Book genres are simple classifications, allowing the reader to know what kind of book they are reading. They also allow publishers to kno...

Apr 30

Tips for Writing Dialogue: Reading

When it comes to writing dialogue for a story, it’s important to make it believable. Believeable doesn’t mean “lifelike...

Apr 27

Time is Running Out on Camp NaNoWriMo

If you participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, the month is almost wrapped. It’s time to talk next steps. As with every one of the NaNoWriM...

Apr 10

Writing As a Spiritual Journey

If you’re a writer who has started to think about your writing project as a chore that you have to get done, please give me a momen...

Mar 31

Camp NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow and I’m Already Tired

Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I’m having one of those nights. My mind is racing and I just can’t sleep. I wasn’t ...

Mar 21

Excitedly Planning for Camp NaNoWriMo

Knowing your writing goals and planning for Camp NaNoWriMo in advance can make the whole process go a lot more smoothly! Laptop charged? ...

Mar 15

Why I Love My Morning Pages

In the book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, one of the exercises recommended for stimulating creativity is writing morning pages. Thi...

Novlr advice writing morning pages

Mar 3

Camp NaNoWriMo Begins in One Month!

I swear we just wrapped NaNoWriMo, but here it is, the countdown for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo begins! Although fewer people participa...

Feb 23

Novlr’s Favorite Books

Novlr is a platform developed by writers, for writers. You’d better believe that we’re all passionate about what we do: helping great boo...

Novlr's favorite books - Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

Feb 14

How to Write About Love

To write about love is a tricky task for many of us. I’ve been taking a look at what a great love story looks like in writing. Love...

Man and woman embracing at sunset - Photo by Oziel Gómez on Unsplash - for post How to Write About Love

Feb 9

Black History Month: Books by Black Authors

As we enter Black History Month, let’s take some time to appreciate some of the incredible literary contributions made by Black aut...

Jan 28

Is there a process for writing a novel?

‘Is there a process for writing a novel?’ is a question that writers, especially new writers, ask across the board. Is there ...

Getting the Science Right in Your Fiction

Writers have tons of creative ideas, but lots of us aren’t scientists, so how do we make sure that we get the science right in our fictio...

Jan 13

Finding Inspiration in Real Life

Writer’s block is a normal part of the writing process and it happens to all writers at some point. Some writers worry about feelin...

Novlr - finding inspiration in real life
Novlr Feature Highlight: Goals and Analytics

With NaNoWriMo ancient history right now, lots of writers are missing some of their favorite features of the platform. The goals and anal...

Dec 28

Reflecting on NaNoWriMo 2020

Now that we’re about a month past the finish date, it’s time to start reflecting on NaNoWriMo. I think I’ve gained enou...

Dec 17

Reading Your Novel for the Very First Time

Everyone writes differently, that much we know. Some people write the whole novel from start to finish and then read it, make a few minor...

Reading your novel for the first time - Novlr
Organize Your Novel with Novlr

Planners out there, this one’s for you, (but go ahead and stick around, pantsers, because there might just be some advice you too c...

Dec 2

The Best Writing Advice Ever

Writing a novel is tricky. There, I said it. I’ve read so many books about the writing process, not because I truly believe that pr...

Best writing advice ever - Novlr

Nov 30

The end of Nanowrimo 2020

We have reached the official end of NaNoWriMo 2020 and I know many of you are thinking a variety of different kinds of thoughts about the...

Nov 19

Progressing through NaNoWriMo 2020

We’ve just crossed the threshold of the halfway point of NaNoWriMo 2020. This means that, in a perfect world, we’re all at about 25,000 w...

Nov 5

Don’t forget to rest during NaNoWriMo

I know. I understand. November is so short, it’s hard to commit to losing days to rest during NaNoWriMo. It seems so unproductive! But, r...

Don't forget to rest during NaNoWriMo - Novlr
NaNoWriMo 2020 Reading List

October is already in motion and that means NaNoWriMo 2020 starts in less than a month! For some writers, preparation for drafting a nove...