by Meg Dowell Stories are different from real life in a lot of ways. One major difference is that stories don’t move from one day to the next in chronological order. Stories cover significant events, which sometimes occur days, weeks, months, maybe even years apart. You might need to implement a time jump… Read More How To Add a Time Jump To Your Story
by Richard Risemberg I recently saw an ad for the Freewrite, a “distraction-free” portable word processor–that is, one with no Internet capability. I immediately recognized it as something inspired by the old Alphasmart Neo, but hipsterized a bit with an e-ink screen and a bit morte of a Dieter Rams styling. I knew… Read More Managing Distractions as a Writer
by Doug Lewars A member of a writers’ group to which I belong woke up one morning with a fully formed story in her head. She had to do a bit of background checking to make sure some elements of the setting were accurate but the basic plot was all there. I’ve… Read More The Value of Dreams For a Writer
by ARHuelsenbeck I’ve heard that publishers contemplating buying a new author’s work want to know how big his/her email list is; in other words, how many regular subscribers will get a personal notification from the author about the upcoming publication? Clearly, a regular newsletter going out to your readers is an effective marketing… Read More Why Do Authors Need a Newsletter?
by Liam Cross A big part of our game is studying the game. We assess all aspects of social media, analysing the content other pages/people are putting out. We take notes. We look for any gaps/holes. And if they appear, we fill them with wonderful content. That’s how the title for this article… Read More Writing Perils: How to Properly Format Your Dialogue Scenes
by Katie McCoach Recently, I attended a lecture hosted by GLAWS, and the guest speaker for the day was literary agent Steve Hutson. I’m sure you can guess the focus of the event. What NOT to Say to a Literary Agent (or Editor) I like attending events such as this because on top of… Read More What NOT to Say to a Literary Agent
by Drew Chial The gatekeepers who once decided what art was worth publishing are losing relevance. We need not kneel at their feet to gain entrance to the public square. There are paths in everywhere. Director J.J. Abrams told the audience at the Anaheim Star Wars Celebration that they could all be… Read More How Writers Can Make Gatekeepers Work for Them