Our Favorite Strong Female Characters

Today is International Women’s Day! So we here at the Lit Nerds thought we’d celebrate with a few of our favorite female book characters. Whether badasses, babes, or just adorable cinnamon rolls, we love our well-written women. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, check out one of these ladies’ stories! Gideon and Harrow the Ninth Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir “How do … Continue reading Our Favorite Strong Female Characters

Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

If you struggle with writing dialogue, you’re definitely not alone. As a big part of characterization, dialogue can be the difference between whether a reader loves or hates your characters. Dialogue that’s not broken up by action can be confusing, but too many dialogue tags can bog down your writing. Plus, people tend to talk differently than they write. Should you include slang or speech … Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

How to Edit Your First Draft

Your fingers hover the keyboard. You inhale deeply. Then you do it: you type the words “The End.” You exhale. You blink back tears of joy. You’ve finished the first draft of your story! It hasn’t been easy, but you’ve pushed through. You’ve done the thing. You finished your draft. Then you think, “Now what?” First, take a break. Read that book you’ve been putting … Continue reading How to Edit Your First Draft

Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

My dearest internet writers who have chosen quantity over quality and eschewed the laws of grammar in the name of poorly constructed stream of consciousness sentences, this one is for you. Rather, I suppose, it is meant for you, but it is really and truly for the grammarians and pedants of the world who will read this and agree with it and perhaps even share … Continue reading Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

Holiday Survival for the Self-Identifying Loner

The holidays create a certain kind of chaos. November shifts to December and suddenly there is shopping and baking to do, social engagements to attend, family outings to cringe through, projects to complete, and holiday movies to watch. Gone are the hours of excessive reading or writing, gaming or sketching. Christmas for the self-identifying loner is not that easy to enjoy. I know the feeling … Continue reading Holiday Survival for the Self-Identifying Loner