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 future releases.
Continue reading 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 to enjoy some good science fiction, crime fiction, and horror. And I love seeing students improve over the course of the semester.
Continue reading 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 problems can be cathartic and that reading has numerous benefits for your brain. When you combine the two, reading with writing, the result is a highly effective home-brewed potion against anxiety, worry, and even depression, a much better way to spend your time than watching TV or YouTube, stalking people on Facebook, or letting yourself be alarmed by Google’s worrisome results.
Continue reading 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 over it and turn to you.
“Why do I care about these people? What do they want?”
Continue reading 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.
Continue reading Contest Winners!
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!
Continue reading Why You Should Work With an Editor Before Pitching an Agent
I took a Twitter break recently, and it’s gotten me thinking about Twitter. So, a Twitter post.
I’m not one of those people who thinks Twitter is absolutely integral to your success as an indie writer. I think there are loads of ways to be successful as an indie writer, and I can see how Twitter might be one of them, but, well…
Continue reading Twitter For Nonvultures
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 scenarios.
Continue reading Help! My Characters Are All Too Similar! 5 Tips to Make Them Distinct
As a reminder, the month-long contest is ending in one week. Adrijus from Rocking Book Covers has generously offered three impressive prizes, the top prize valued at $499 USD. Check out his portfolio for examples of how good your book covers can be.
So check out the contest page to get more information. It’s free to enter to win, and you could come out with an excellent cover for your upcoming book!
By Larry Kahaner
I came across a blog from Guy Portman titled “10 Famous Authors’ Day Jobs” in which he lists… well…you get it.
What struck me most from reading Guy’s blog post is how many famous authors eventually gave up their day jobs (Natch. They’re famous.) and how many used what they knew from their day jobs and incorporated it into their writings.
Continue reading Can I Write Novels Even if I Haven’t Had an Interesting Life?