by Hope Ann
Ready to self-publish on Amazon?
Considering self-publication on Amazon but don’t have a clue where to start or what to expect? Take a glimpse behind-the-scenes, so when the time comes to push the button and create your own ebook, you already know what lies ahead of you.
Continue reading How to Self-Publish on Amazon: The Beginner’s Step-By-Step Guide to Self-publishing Their First Book
by Neil MacDonald
I write flash fiction in the Friday Fictioneers group every week. Flash fiction is very short fiction, typically under 750 or 1,000 words. Within it, some people distinguish between “drabbles” (100 words), “dribbles” (50 words) and so on. These distinctions don’t really matter. The genre is good exercise for a writer in editing skills and wordcraft.
The talented Friday Fictioneer, Claire Fuller (author of Our Endless Numbered Days) produced 12 hints on writing flash fiction. That stimulated me to write a few of my own.
Continue reading Flash in the Pan – Tips For Writing Flash Fiction
by Christopher Slater
I’m sure that anyone reading this is aware of the importance of characters in a story. A writer can come up with the most imaginative and mind-blowing storyline that the world has ever seen, but if you don’t have characters that the reader feels a connection to and shares an interest in, then your story will fall flat and not find an audience.
So how do you do this? How can you make your characters someone that your readers will want to follow? How do you make them someone that your readers will remain curious about?
Continue reading Should Your Characters Be Celebrities?
Salutations, fellow elves and writers! Elethwyn is here today to share her thoughts, ideas, and tips for overcoming writing slumps.
Writing slumps – also known as writer’s block, also known as writing depression, also known as the-reason-future-Newberry-winners-gave-up-writing – is something all writers face. It’s when we lose that spark to write and find ourselves in a deep pit (or slump) of un-inspiration. Writing slumps can be a hard, somewhat depressing time when writers feel absolutely hopeless.
How on earth do we overcome it?
Continue reading Surviving Writing Slumps – Everything You Need to Know
by Rachael Hanel
Whenever I give writing workshops or teach a writing class, I always end with “going from here.” Now that the students have learned something (hopefully!), what do they need to do to get their work published?
I say, don’t even think about publishing until you’ve done the following:
Continue reading Don’t Even Think of Publishing Unless You’ve Done These 4 Things
by Jean M. Cogdell
I confess, I don’t–not always.
Sometimes, just when I think I’ve written a real-life character who walks and talks like flesh and blood, boom I’ve created Frank.
You know, that pieced together, patch quilt looking monster that walks like he’s got a stick up his ass. Right, that Frank.
I’m in the beginning stages of a new YA novel, I hope. And fleshing out the characters is more of a challenge that I anticipated.
Continue reading Do You Know How to Develop Believable Characters?
by Kate M. Colby
Have you ever felt super-motivated to write, learn a new recipe, clean out your closet, etc. at the most inconvenient time, only to completely lose all motivation when you finally have a free moment?
Yeah, me too. So, how do you reclaim that burst of inspiration when you have free time? And better yet, how do you hang onto motivation and avoid losing it altogether?
Well, there’s no magic formula (obviously), but here are a few tricks you can try.
Continue reading Five Ways to Hang Onto Motivation
by Kelsie Engen
Is there not enough time in the day to write? Or do you simply not know how to make the time?
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to discuss our writing insecurities again. And what’s worse, this Wednesday is already a week into the month! (How does time go by so quickly?)
This month the IWSG question is:
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
I’ve always been a highly self-motivated person–when it matters. And writing happens to matter immensely to me.
Continue reading 7 Tips for Making Time to Write