Holly Lisle

Author Archives: Holly Lisle

Novelist, writing-nerd, dissector of thought processes, writing course creator and site owner here, Holly Lisle has a cat that plays fetch and a whole lotta stuff on HollyLisle.com for both readers and writers.

Plot Loosely, Plot Loosely

Three Benefits of Plotting Loosely When you do, you’ll accomplish three things that will make writing something sustainable—something you’ll be able to do with joy for the rest of your life—instead of turning it into miserable drudge work that leaves you longing to do ANYTHING else. What are these three things?  You’ll keep your main […]

Continue reading

Don’t BREED Characters!

(photo credit: André Mouraux — see * and ** below) Don’t breed characters? Really? But (you may be thinking) my story NEEDS characters! It does. Does it need 100 of them, though, all named, most with tiny roles in only one scene, all who must be tracked through your eventual edits with the fine-toothed comb […]

Continue reading

Write Only the Good Stuff

That seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Clearly you don’t want to write bad stuff. But I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read a post or a blog or heard a writer say, “I can hardly wait to get through this chapter so I can write the one I’m excited about.” Have you ever […]

Continue reading

Be An Actor

Today we are pleased to bring you a new blog feature, Holly’s Writing Insights. Coming to you the first Tuesday of each month, these posts will be short, to-the-point bits of wisdom that you can apply immediately to your writing. Here’s today’s insight. Be an actor? That’s a WRITING TIP?! Yeah. Seriously. You have to […]

Continue reading

Read Fiction

All writers are readers. Not most, not some. ALL. It’s one of the few times you’ll ever hear me make an all-encompassing blanket statement. If you want to write, you have to read. If you want to write well, you have to read a lot. Not to learn voice—you have your own, and you don’t want to […]

Continue reading