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!
Hello everyone! 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.… Read More Contest Update
by Mindy Halleck [Continued from part 1] 11. Start in the POV (the head) of your main protagonist. It’s best to use their name right in the first sentence to establish them as the POV character, the one readers will identify with and cheer for. As soon as possible let readers know their approximate… Read More 20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 2)