by Andrea Lundgren I’ve been dealing with writing romance lately. Not the genre but the plot component, the seemingly inescapable phenomenon that crops up when writing fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, and just about any other genre, provided you have a few single characters floating around. And I’ve written about how authors can woefully… Read More Playing Matchmaker: The Art of Writing a Good Couple
by Lindsey Richardson I am finally writing the post I’ve been wanting to write ever since I first started Clara and Claire. For those of you who are planning to write either, I’m hoping this can be helpful. There’s a lot of different ways I thought of tackling this, and mind you I’m going to… Read More Writing a Series Vs. Writing a Novel
by Lev Raphael I’ve been doing readings from my fiction since the early 90s and one of the common questions I get afterwards is “Do your characters ever tell you what to do?” or “Do your characters ever get away from you?” That question is a fascinating doorway into how people tend to… Read More Quick! Stop that Runaway Character!
by Whitney Carter I first started exploring herbs and what I could collect and do with them myself some years ago, and I have to confess that I was nervous about it at first. As a kid, there was a berry bush that grew at the edge of my backyard, and sometimes… Read More What Herb to Use in Your Fantasy Story
by Kelsie Engen It’s a truth universally acknowledged that beta readers are the best and worst thing to happen to an author. On the one hand, it’s fantastic that you have readers already willing to read your work–and it’s not even published yet! That’s amazing. Be sure to send them a thank you.… Read More 3 Ways Your Beta Readers Are Right (and Oh-So-Wrong)
by Samantha Fenton One of the most surprising things I found had happened as a result from starting to write seriously, was how I read books differently. After writing a novel, I can’t look at a book the same way again – which makes sense, right? Picture someone close to you deciding to… Read More Reading is Not the Same After Writing
by Allison Maruska Books are made of chapters, and chapters are made of scenes. Those segments of the story are what hold the whole thing together. Write them well, and you have a page-turner. Write them not so well, and…zzzzzz. No writer wants to do that to their readers, so it’s worth figuring… Read More Writing the Building Blocks of a Page-Turner
by Jacqui Murray I went to my bi-weekly writer’s critique group last night. We get submittals ahead of time, gather our thoughts and comments, and then each of us gets 5 minutes during the meeting to share our suggestions. This week, we were reviewing the work of one of my favorite group authors–we’ll… Read More How Do You Get Readers to Trust You?
by Kate M. Colby ‘Comparisonitis’ is the most infectious disease in the writer community. Can you blame us? When John’s book has 100 five-star reviews and Jane has written six books this year and Joe has landed a major publishing deal, it’s difficult not to feel jealous and shame yourself for what you… Read More Writers: Judge Yourself by Your Own Standards
Hello readers and writers! Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Sean Lowery with High Impact Covers and author Allison Maruska have generously donated prizes to 6 winners. Here’s what 6 lucky people will win: