by Ryan Lanz It’s been said that the difference between a good novel and a great novel is only 1%. When I first read that, it used to drive me nuts. What is that 1%? If you asked 100 people, you would probably get 100 different answers. What I’m talking about here… Read More How to Gain That Last 1% in Your Writing
by Doug Lewars I expect most people, whether they agree with it or not, are familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality classification system which divides the population into 16 groups. Many psychologists complain this is over simplified, but although the system appears to consist of four binary couples, each pair is, in fact, a… Read More Separating Yourself From Your Characters
Go ahead, Google something along the lines of prologues in novels. I’ll wait. Done? If so, you’ll have found links like 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues, The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents, The Dreaded Prologue, Question: the oft-maligned prologue, and so on. Read these four pages. Did you see the following?
by J.J. Hensley For seven years, I had the pleasure of being a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During that time, I conducted a variety of criminal investigations involving counterfeiting, check fraud, wire fraud, and even cell phone cloning.
by Doug Lewars I enjoy writing in the Fantasy genre and World Building is a part of that. It may or may not be extensive. For example, you can simplify your life considerably if you use our existing world and just add a bit of magic here and there. J.K. Rowling uses that… Read More The Complications of World Building For an Author
by ARHuelsenbeck If you are a reader, you should write book reviews.
by Laura Peters Writing is more than just a passion for some people. For them, it is their career, it is their whole life, and it is something that they are attached to in more ways than one. Although, for some, it is just something that they do to make themselves feel better,… Read More The Freedom to Write Whatever, Wherever is What You Need
by Ryan Lanz “As a writer, I am just an actor in a play, telling a story that needs to be told.” -Rita Webb I hate memorizing lines. In my teens, I had a brush with the acting bug. I enjoyed the thrill of being on stage. The thunder of the… Read More How Writers are Actually Actors
by ARHuelsenbeck What is a manifesto? When I read about writing, one term that often comes up is the writer’s manifesto. That word sends me back to 1995, when the unabomber sent his manifesto to the New York Times. It revives suppressed memories of anarchistic memories and maniacal demands. Why would I want to write a manifesto? What is… Read More Creating Your Writer’s Manifesto
by Shelly Sanders Signing with a traditional publisher is worth the time and sweat it takes to be accepted. After writing ten drafts of my first novel, Rachel’s Secret, and after having the eleventh version rejected by countless agents, the thought of self-publishing seemed pretty enticing. Then, I began to notice the reams… Read More The 6 Things I Learned After Publishing My First Book