by Teagan Berry Like many writers before me, and sure to be many writers after, I find the final push towards that completed first draft is extremely difficult. For some reason, the brain decides to press hard on the brakes while simultaneously throwing up a wall, breaking all real flow of writing and making it… Read More Finishing Off That First Draft
by Christopher Slater I will start out by saying that this is a perfect example of what is meant by the phrase, “Doctor, heal thyself!” I am the absolute worst at not following this advice. Of course, that is probably why I have joked with my students that my name should be a verb… Read More Writing Time: Selfish, Selfless, or Saving Others?
by John Briggs I’ve known plenty of authors who spend hours creating character sheets for their main characters, worry about what their shoe size is, favorite color, and the name of their childhood pet. They rewrite them to seem more alive, but forget that their minor characters, even those who appear for several pages,… Read More Steps to Make Your Minor Characters Exciting
by Kelly D. Smith 1. Get out there! Meet people, and don’t be scared to say you are a writer. 2. Blog- now, is blogging really worth it? I’m not sure, I’m actually going to be talking about that soon but I enjoy it! 3. Guest blog, because really if you’re going to do… Read More 20 Ways to Get Yourself Out There as a Writer
by Meg Dowell The advantage of balancing my time between both sides of the business – writing, and editing – is that I see all the mistakes writers make when they express interest in, or begin, working for an editor. I have long since corrected these things in my own practice as a writer,… Read More How Your Attitude Affects Your Chances of Success in Writing
by Mark Coker If you could see into the future, what would you do to change it? Each year I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and attempt to divine how the boiling crosscurrents of technology, competitive intrigue, author aspirations, and reader tastes will shape the opportunities facing authors, publishers and retailers for the year… Read More 2017 Book Industry Predictions: Intrigue and Angst Amid Boundless Opportunity
by Stephanie O’Brien My siblings and I have sometimes joked that we could take over several fictional universes with the power of “Why didn’t they just…?” When characters fail to use an obvious solution, or forget a skill or superpower that could easily resolve the situation, it can be pretty frustrating for the readers.… Read More How to Keep Your Readers From Asking, “Why Didn’t They Just…?”