• Where Writers Thrive and Stories Soar

    Novels and memoirs are rough. Tough. They require diligence and creativity and abandon and discipline. They like to disobey the best of planning, fly off into their own spheres. If you're in the midsts of writing one, you know what I mean.

     

    The best advice I can give is to hang on for the ride and finish the work. Without the words, there's nothing really to shape and edit.

     

    But it's easy to give up. The premise doesn't sit right. The middle is a morass and swamp. The end is nowhere in sight. The character's goals are muddy, too small, too big. The day job is overwhelming. You think of packing it in. You're alone with the writing, and no one cares if you finish or not.

     

    But still the novel is there waiting. You think of it. All. The. Time. You know the story matters. And you're the one to tell it.

     

    That's where Novelitics comes in.  

    I'm here to help you achieve your goal of finishing that novel or memoir that burns in your soul. I'm a novelist, too. I know some of the highs and lows. I have deadlines and proposals and marketing and all the other stuff that goes with novel writing. And, through structure, feedback, weekly lessons, and deadlines, I want to help you get from Chapter One to The End.

     

    I created Novelitics to bring you together with equally passionate people ready for something new.

     

    A few things you’ll see quickly that makes our Novelitics community different:

    • It’s Ours. As we build this community together, we have some great features for creating exclusive content, deeper conversations, richer polls, and online or in-real-life events. Plus, by building this community off social media, you can have a more efficient and valuable experience with us and each other.

    • There are More Ways for You to Meet Each Other. There are more ways for you to meet people who are near you, who fall into the same categories, or who care about the same topics. We can’t get this in free groups or on a website elsewhere.

    • We Can Bring Together Content and Community. This means we’re freed up to bring you new, fresh ideas and new practices that you can take into your daily life.

    What You Should Expect From Novelitics

     

    I'm aiming to make your experience here awesome. I want you to get these key things from Novelitics:

    • Meet writers who share your interests, who do the same things, and who care about the same topics. We meet every Wednesday in Writers Well - a Zoom community meeting on Wednesday for 4:30-5:30 PDT - to talk craft, read and share work, and be part of each others writing journeys

    • Learn and practice craft - from your setting to your final image, you'll have a chance to share work with peers, and learn techniques in monthly Writers Series workshops and master classes.

    • Swap stories, experiences, and ideas (not necessarily advice) around our shared mission.

    • Find a little inspiration, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day, so you can have a community of peers as you travel in your novel, memoir, or short story from Page One to The End.

     

    Your story matters.

  • One-on-One Online Novel Coaching

    Novelitics Coaching

    Feedback + Accountability = Finished Manuscript

    If you are looking for accountability and deadlines, plus individual feedback on your story, narrative drive, character development and what needs to happen to make your novel tick (and readers turning pages) this program is for you. You will submit 5-10 new or revised pages (up to 10,000 words) in your work in progress - and each week you will receive in-line notes and comments on your submission, plus answers to questions you want me to focus on while reading. We will schedule monthly Zoom meetings to review the work and plot out the next steps.

     

    Each workshop includes:

    • Writers Wells community membership and link to weekly meeting
    • Weekly or monthly manuscript feedback sent via email of your evolving work
    • Discounts on 2021 Writers Series workshops
    • Readings and exercises on aspects of the novel/story elements/editing techniques/the business of publishing that are pertinent to where you are in the manuscript
    • Access to dynamic writing community
    *Don't feel overwhelmed about writing 10 pages of new material each week. You may submit revisions and rewrites, if you feel that will benefit you. However, I will give you a gentle nudge towards new material, so you don't end up polishing the same 50 pages and never get to page 51...

     

    $124.99 per month for up to 5,000 words/month

    $249.99 per month for up to 10,000 words/month

     

     

    Story Well

    One-on-One Consultations

    Need some clarity on your story arc? Main character goals? Pinch points? Want me to look at a scene? Do you need a sounding board for your story and plots points? I am offering half-hour Zoom calls to listen, ask questions, and provide a road map forward for your story. Writers can register for single consultations at $25 each, or purchase a 4-pack to use at any time for $80. *Note - this is a time to brainstorm, and does not involve submitting pages. Please see other products should you be interested in manuscript feedback.

     

    Here's the details:
    WHEN: After registering, we will set up a time that is convenient for you.
    WHERE: Zoom - you will receive the link once registered

     

    Cost: $25-$80

    The First Pages

    Submission + 30 minute Zoom call

    Your opening pages make a lasting impression on your reader - and carry a great responsibility. Here we establish setting, tone, pace, genre. In these few pages we offer the reader a taste of what is to come, hooking them through conflict, character, and stakes.

    Are your opening pages up to the task? Opening paragraph? Opening line? Through feedback, prompts, and rewriting, this is your chance to deepen the opening and lay the groundwork for the story to come.

     

    After registering, we will set up submission time - you may submit up to 2,500 words. After I have reviewed your work, we will meet for a 30-min Zoom call to review notes and set up a plan for revisions.

     

    Cost: $79

    Query Letter Review

    Looking for an outside eye on your query letter and the all important pitch paragraph?

     

    Two submissions with a Zoom call to review and revise.

     

    Cost $59

    Developmental Editing

    Submissions based on project - email to set up a time to discuss your project.

    You've finished the first draft. Congratulations! That is a big bold accomplishment to be proud of.

     

    Now come the revisions.

     

    If you would like another eye on your novel, looking at structure, arc, characterization. pacing and all the elements that make a novel a page turner, I provide a developmental eye.

     

    Pricing is customized to your project. Please email me for more information and pricing structure.

     

    Email me: kim@novelitics.com

  • Upcoming Workshops

    2021 Writers Series Session 1: Writing a Description that Sizzles | Jan 9-1-, 2021

    In this two session workshop, you will work collaboratively with other writers to hone the pitch or description of your novel. It's the overview of your story's journey - and can keep you on track throughout the long process of writing your novel. Whether a panster or plotter, this one workshop can keep your eye on the story goal. By the end of the workshop, you should have a solid two-three sentence blurb that you can use while writing your story, or querying agents or editors.

     

    Jan 9th & 10th 2021

    $59

    2021 Writers Series Session 2: The Mirror - Writing Your Hero and Nemesis | February 13, 2021

    In this prompt-driven workshop, you will have a chance to explore and clarify your hero and antagonist, and the relationship they play in each other's journeys. These two characters cannot exist without the other - so make them worthy adversaries in the plot and worthy allies to you.

     

    Feb 13th 9a-1p PST

    $59

    2021 Writers Series Session 3: Setting and Atmosphere | March 13, 2021

     

    Setting is one of the most useful elements for creating tone and mood. It grounds a reader in the character's world. It influences and exposes a character's actions, motivations, and worldview. When it comes to life, it takes on a character of its own.

     

    Through timed prompts and feedback, you will explore and deepen the settings in your own work-in progress - learning techniques that keep your story worlds rich and evocative.

     

    Mar 13, 9a-1p PST

    $59

    2021 Writers Series Session 4: Pacing | April 10, 2021

     

    Let's take a look at the rhythm and pace of our text, and finds ways to ramp up tension, slow when a breather is necessary and get rid of all the floaty words. You will be working with and sharing from your own story or novel.

     

    April 10th, 9a-1p PST

    $59

    2021 Writers Series Session 5: Editing Bootcamp | May 15, 2021

     

    We love it. We hate it. Without it, a story is doomed. This interactive workshop will walk you through a specific process for deep editing of paragraphs, sentences and words. We will chip away at our work until it is powerful. Please bring TWO copies of three pages of a work in progress.

     

    May 15th, 9:30-12:30p PST

    $59

    2021 Writers Series Session 6: Dialogue | June 19, 2021

     

    Let's talk dialogue. Through guided writing prompts, we will look at dialogue's various powers: to expose character. jump start the action, provide important information, shift the rhythm - and explore the use of subtext and deflection.

     

    June 19th, 9:30a-12:30p PST

    $59

    Permian Basin Writers Workshop | October 9-10 2021

     

    This two-day event features both writers and agents teaching the ins and outs of fiction and the publishing world. I am scheduled to teach two events:

    • Tame Your Darlings: Editing on the Fly
    • The Telling Detail: Utilizing Primary Sources and Research Techniques to Build Authentic Stories

    Permian Basin Writers Workshop | October 9th & 10th | Midland, Texas

  • About Me

    Kim Taylor Blakemore

    Historical Fiction

    I am the author of the Amazon bestselling historical thrillers AFTER ALICE FELL and THE COMPANION, both from Lake Union Publishing. Other historical novels include BOWERY GIRL, and the WILLA Award winner for Best YA Fiction, CISSY FUNK. I have taught creative writing workshops in person and virtually since 2010. Classes are experiential, with writing exercises and feedback focused on skills that strengthen prose and story. I've taught a range of writers, from beginning to published, and workshops benefit writers of novels, short stories, memoirs and creative nonfiction. I am a three-time grant recipient from Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for my manuscripts THE COMPANION and THE GOOD TIME GIRLS, and a winner of a Tucson Festival of Books Award for The Companion.

    Please visit: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com

    What Writers Are Saying

    Endorsements

    Kim’s workshops are always stimulating and rich with resources. She shows up prepared and has a knack for meeting the individual writer at his/her particular stage of development. Her style is encouraging and accepting. I highly recommend her to writers of all levels! - Maryka Biaggio, author, Parlor Games (Conjuring the Past: Writing Historical Fiction, Novel Intensive)

     

    If you want to take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend filling your writing toolbox with the valuable golden nuggets you will learn from Kim. - Joyce Kostakis (Craft of Fiction)

     

    I have studied in several of Kim’s workshops. As soon as I completed one, I couldn’t wait until the next. Kim is a mentor of the highest caliber. Her workshops are full of warmth, wit, and support. She brings a laser sharp intelligence and a deep commitment to the craft of making art with words. I cannot imagine my life as a writer without the insight I’ve gained from working with Kim. - Gail Lehrman (Craft of Fiction,

    Weekly Writes, Conjuring the Past: Historical Fiction)

     

    For more references, feel free to email me.

  • Contact Me

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