by Allison Maruska Every story needs certain elements to be a story. We’ve talked about characters, settings, and problems. If we’re following the mnemonic below, that leaves us with solutions to talk about. Cows = Characters See = Setting Pretty = Problem Sunflowers = Solution This works great for eight-year-olds learning the parts of… Read More Does Every Story Need a Happy Ending?
by Jacqui Murray Few people can sit down and start writing. Most of us hem and haw as we mentally walk through how to get from introduction to conclusion. It’s called ‘prewriting’ and everyone does it. What differs is the method–what best suits our communication style? Here are four approaches I’ve seen work for writer… Read More 4 Ways to Pre-plan Your NaNoWriMo Story
by Kate M. Colby Book reviews are the lifeblood of books. A healthy rating encourages potential readers to buy, makes an author eligible for merchandising from retail sites, and improves a book’s overall ranking on those sites. However, if enough readers read your book, eventually you’re going to get a bad review (probably several).… Read More How to Handle Book Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
by John Briggs Write what you know is good advice, if you do it correctly. We’ve all heard it a thousand times: “Write what you know, write what you know…” It’s practically a mantra in some writing circles. So, should a lawyer only write legal thrillers? A doctor only write medical dramas? A plumber… Read More The Most Misunderstood Writing Advice: Write What You Know
by J.U. Scribe Some books turn you off, whether it’s spelling mistakes, cheesy cliches, or Mary-Sue characters. On the other end of the spectrum, there are books that attract you. Some books instantly jump out at you whether you’re perusing the shelves of Barnes & Noble, or scrolling through the pages of Amazon. You just… Read More How to Hook the Reader
by Phoebe Quinn Self-publishing, if you want to be good at it, is a lot of work. A few nights ago I rattled off all the things I’ll need to consider in the coming months if I want to give my book the best chance at being successful. Consistent and engaging blogging (let’s just… Read More Going Beyond the Blog: Being a Multimedia Author
by Lindsey Richardson A rough draft in a way is like a picture. It’s never perfect the first time you do it, and it’s not meant to be. Rough drafts are the most crucial parts of our craft. They shape the story, characters, and without you realizing it, they also shape you (the author).… Read More How Rough a Rough Draft Really Is