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 Max Florschutz Characters. There’s no force more central to any story you tell. Be it a run-and-gun thriller or a dramatic love dodecahedron, a tale focused around a lone wanderer exploring a crumbling city or a baker expanding her rivalry with a butcher (that last one sounds like a potential rom-com, doesn’t… Read More Being a Better Writer: Character Development and Character Growth
I am asked quite often the best ways to market a book. The most frequent questions I get revolve around making it as cheap as possible yet capable of reaching the widest audience. For that, here is a list of 150 DIY ways to market a book. I’ll do another blog post next week… Read More 150 DIY Ways to Market Your Book
by ARHuelsenbeck Simply stated, the theme of a story is a universal truth about the human condition that your story illustrates. Your theme may be as general as love, or death, or taxes. Or it could be as specific as think before you speak or be prepared to deal with the consequences of your words. Or try not to buy a house… Read More Thinking About Theme When Writing
by Andrea Lundgren This is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month’s question is, “Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?” This is actually a very applicable topic, because my other… Read More Creativity in Editing: A Good or Bad Thing?
by Lauren Sapala By and large, the biggest problem I run into with struggling authors is the challenge they have around marketing themselves. I hear a lot of different reasons for this: “I’m too introverted.” “I hate anything that has to do with sales.” “I don’t want to be fake or phony,” etc.… Read More Yes, Writers, it is Possible to Get Past Your Fear of Marketing Yourself as an Author
by David Ben-Ami Every reader loves a good villain, and most writers love them too. If you rack your brain about some of the most memorable characters in books, movies, and on TV, I’d bet more than a few villains pop up. I personally find antagonists fascinating. Sometimes I find them even more… Read More The Missing Piece – What Most Antagonists Lack
by Allison Maruska Have you read a story where the character knew everything that was going on and merely went through a checklist to solve the problem? I certainly hope not, because that would be boring as hell.
by EFR This might be a little grade school for some of you. Or you might think it’s a little grade school. Frankly, I think we could all stand to be reminded. So there you go. When you are describing something, it looks a certain way. Yes indeedy. We get that. We got it three… Read More How to Write With All Five Senses
by David Gittlin Most serious writers want to connect with an audience; preferably a big one. You have something to say. You have a story to tell. You want people to read it. One of the best ways to make people want to read your work is to create memorable and relatable central… Read More How to Create Dynamic Fictional Characters