by Ryan Lanz I love the show Survivor. I know, I know. It’s a guilty pleasure. I’m a bit of a junkie for the show. I’ve probably seen 90% of the episodes since it started 57 years ago (ish). May Jeff Probst never retire. I was wondering to myself why I love the… Read More 3 Types of Conflict to Improve Your Story
by Andrea Lundgren As writers, we’ve been told over and over how it’s much better to show a reader something rather than tell them, and recently, I wrote about how one can use dance to show a character’s thoughts and how she changes. As a general rule, showing means giving the reader details:… Read More Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel
by Ryan Lanz Have you ever thought to yourself that your characters are in charge, and not you? I once heard an interview where an author discussed his characters as if they were the ones with the quill in hand, so to speak. He went on to discuss how the characters would occasionally… Read More When Your Characters Won’t Behave
by Meg Dowell Pitching isn’t so bad. So you’ve reached that point in Writing Insanity Land. You’re ready to pitch article ideas to publications. Hurray! There’s just one problem … Pitching is scary.
by Richard Risemberg The job of a fiction writer is to lie. Still, if it were only to lie, you could dedicate yourself to advertising or politics instead and accept troubled sleep as the price for prosperity. But a fiction writer must lie to show truth, and that’s not as easy as it… Read More To Lie for Truth’s Sake: The Novelist’s Conundrum
by Annmarie McQueen In my last post, I looked at how to prepare yourself for self-publishing. This time I’ll be focusing on what to do once your book is already out there, and how to increase your sales revenue. Here are my top tips for marketing your novel on Amazon:
by Doug Lewars Book reviews are a fact of life. If it’s your book being reviewed, they’re nice if they’re positive and decidedly unpleasant if they’re negative. Every book is going to have a few negative reviews. That’s a fact of life because people are different, have different interests, enjoy different things, and… Read More How to Write a Book Review