by Michael Cristiano Happy one year anniversary to me! As of yesterday, I have been blogging for a year. A lot has happened in that year: I launched all of my social media/blogging efforts for my writing career, I saw the release of my first novel “The Black Oracle“, and I shaped pieces for… Read More 4 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging
by Andrew R. Cameron It’s the end of another semester of university, which means I’ve been inundated with marking and will likely remain inundated for the next fortnight. But I enjoy marking Creative Writing pieces–the sheer diversity of imagination never fails to impress me. I’ve been teaching Genre Fiction this semester, which means I get… Read More The One-Trick Pony: Characters with Limited Growth
by Vincent Mars While my medical adventures drag on, slowed down by paperwork and the (un)availability of doctors, I am trying to take things easy, to eat healthy food, to go on enjoyable walks every day, to rest, and, of course, to read and write. You know already that writing about your life and… Read More The Benefits of the Written Word Upon the Worried Mind
by Nat Leblanc So you’ve got a great idea for a novel or story that you’re DYING to tell. The premise is profound, the symbolism is subtle, and the big reveal at the end is going to blow your readers’ minds. You throw together an outline and show it to an editor friend. They… Read More How to Build Your Characters in Six Easy Steps
Hello everyone. We have contest winners! First of all, I’d like to thank Adrijus Guscia from Rocking Book Covers for his generous donation of the contest prizes. If you have need for a book cover design, check out his services. He’s made two book covers for me, and they both were well received.
by Katie McCoach Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript!
by Roz Morris I’ve been asked this question twice recently–in a conversation on G+ and by a student at my Guardian masterclass the other week. In both cases, the writers had encouraging feedback from agents, but one crucial criticism: the characters all seemed too similar. And probably this wasn’t surprising because of their story… Read More Help! My Characters Are All Too Similar! 5 Tips to Make Them Distinct