by ARHuelsenbeck I love to write. I write by choice. I am blessed that I’ve had two good seasons in which to write: when I stayed home to raise my young children, and now that I’m retired from paid labor. But there are days when I wonder what ever possessed me to decide… Read More Seven Things Nobody Told Me About Writing
by Kelsie Engen When we authors first sit down to write, we are often young, always inexperienced writers, and we have a great deal of enthusiasm for the magic and myth of the writing life. But all too quickly, writing gets hard and enjoying writing can be difficult at best.
by Meg Dowell Creativity is, in many ways, like magic. We start crafting something out of nothing and, suddenly, the whole world looks and feels different. We can do anything. We can BE anything.
by Allison Maruska Let’s go back in time twenty years, when the internet was a newborn entity. We bought books by walking into bookstores, finding a book in a genre we liked and that had an interesting cover, read the back matter, and if we deemed the story interesting enough to continue reading,… Read More How Important Are Book Reviews?
by John Briggs Want to know if your book’s dedication should be personal, professional, or commercial? New authors often think dedicating a book is easy, and for that first book it usually is. You dedicate it to “My loving wife” or “My devoted husband.” After all, you want to keep the peace, right?
by Victor Salinas We all depend on the economy. In fact, we—and everything we choose to do and not do—is part of the economy. Fantasy economies are no different. Fantasy settings surely have methods of economic organization. The serfs working the land for their lord are part of an economy. The nomadic tribes… Read More How to Build a Fantasy Economy
by Ryan Lanz What’s the best way to initiate a solid protagonist character?
by ARHuelsenbeck Do you ever run out of ideas for your blog? If you’re stuck, try writing a different kind of post. There are so many possibilities from which to choose.
by Doug Lewars If you gain any traction at all as a writer, sooner or later you’ll encounter someone who doesn’t like your work and is vocal about it. No matter how highly you’re rated on a site like Goodreads, if you dig far enough through the reviews there’s bound to be a… Read More How to Handle Criticism As an Author
by Lindsey Richardson Whether you’re working full time at an office or a full time parent, it gets even more complicated when you add writing into the mix. And whether this is your first novel or fourth novel, it’s likely to still be a daily struggle. But that doesn’t mean that it’s at… Read More Writing With a Full Time Job