by Lauren Sapala Studies have proven again and again that humans make purchasing decisions based on emotional factors. This probably happens most frequently in the glittering online jungle known as Amazon.com. I read recently that Amazon is the only search engine people use with the mouse in one hand, and a credit card… Read More What Self-Pubbing Authors Need to Know About Getting the Best Book Cover
by Kelly D. Smith I have to admit, I’m a descriptive writer, and in turn, I love reading books that are very descriptive! I like to feel like I’m immersed in the book. And for both Rock Stars Are Fun and Summoning the Demon, I’ve been told that I “drew the reader into the… Read More 2 Exercises To Work On “Show, Don’t Tell”
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.
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… Read More 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… Read More Should Your Characters Be Celebrities?
by Elethwyn 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… Read More 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:
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.… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 7 Tips for Making Time to Write