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
by ARHuelsenbeck I started my blog, ARHtistic License, in May, 2015. Soon, I was posting every day. I’m not bragging. I’m just saying it’s doable. Is it necessary to post every day? No.
Stories come in every shape and size, and as an author, you bring your own expertise and experience to your tale. So when it comes to editing, you might not need the same sort of help as someone else. You might excel at catching grammar problems but struggle with writing the blurb, the back-of-the-book… Read More The 7 Types of Editing Your Book Needs
by Lauren Sapala I don’t know if it’s that time of year or what, but I’ve been getting a lot of emails from writers lately about finishing things. This is also a topic that comes up frequently in my coaching sessions with writers. Lots and lots of writers out there are terrified that… Read More Three Types of Writers Have Trouble Finishing Things. Which One Are You?