by Cátia Isabel Silva When you’re imagining a story, creating the characters for it is just another part of the job. It’s almost automatic, the way they get into your mind, showing you what they look like, how they think, yet, putting those things down on paper isn’t always as obvious or easy to… Read More Characters Also Need A Soul: 5 Tips to Write Interesting Characters
by Sheree Crawford Researching is, believe it or not, a skill that not everyone has. If you do have it you should definitely put it on your C.V.; good research is often the thing you do not see, but the want of it is blindingly obvious, especially when you write historic fiction, or you’re… Read More Historical Research for Writers
by Sara Butler Zalesky While I was working with an editor on Wheeler, the phrase ‘head hopping’ kept coming up again and again, but I had no idea to what she was referring. Being new to this thing called writing, my only experience was what I read from other authors. I’m a prolific reader,… Read More Head Hopping: Should You Do It?
by Jean M. Cogdell A reaction for every action? Large or small? The short answer is yes. I think so. Once I grasp this concept, things began going a little smoother. Now in each scene, I stop and ask what will the characters consequence be for each action. Even the smallest of decisions can move… Read More Do We Need to Write a Consequence for Every Action?
by Morgan S. Hazelwood The title of this sounds pretty lofty, doesn’t it? For those of you who don’t have a finished manuscript, though, this might not be so useful. Write your novel, edit it, then see if you can cut the first chapter. Don’t count the writing as a waste, YOU needed to… Read More 3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line
by Michael Kozlowski at Good e-Reader Over the course of 2016 overall publisher revenue was $14.3 billion, down 6.6% from 2015. One of the key trends from last year was that reading preferences continue to shift. Print books saw growth, and for the second consecutive year publisher revenues from eBook sales declined and downloaded audio grew.… Read More US E-Book Sales Decline 13.9% in 2016 [But Print Sees Growth]
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by Meg Dowell Pursuing a career in writing comes with plenty of obstacles. Overcoming those obstacles — especially when your barriers involve other people — can be overwhelming. The stress of trying to Make Writing Happen can be draining enough to force you to consider quitting. Even though you shouldn’t! Here are a few… Read More Everything That Will Tempt You to Quit Writing–and How to Deal with It
by Shelley Widhalm Writing can be a struggle for writers of all levels, from beginning to professional. The struggle has a dreaded name: writer’s block. Writer’s block refers to not being able to write while facing the blank page or the middle of a project. It can be a matter of losing the inspiration… Read More Getting Yourself to Write
by Kelsie Engen Writers can mostly agree that writing is a time consuming process. You write a first draft, step back, revise into a second draft, send out for feedback (beta readers or developmental editor), receive and revise, send for final edits, then finally submit and (possibly change) and then publish. Whew. I get… Read More What Can You Write in 15 Minutes?