Three Myths that Cause Writer’s Block
This morning while I walked the dogs in the park, a young man sat on a park bench playing riffs on his trumpet. Because I’m an introvert, I often have more involved conversations with strangers in …
Good truths to keep in mind about anything you do.
Boost Story Conflict By Exploring The Dark Side of Your Hero’s Best Qualities – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
Every hero or heroine needs positive traits to not only make them likable and worthy, but also to see them through the tough times ahead in the story. No journey should ever be smooth, and the bumpier the road, the … Continue reading →
August Advice – Your Characters Don’t Have To Be Likeable
Likeability is the bane of all character creation. It’s a recipe for bland characters, boring conflict and normative stories. Yet you’ll keep hearing how characters aren’t likeable enough. Actually, no. Usually, you’ll hear how your female characters aren’t likeable…
Ferguson, Race, Civil Rights, Social Activism, and YA Fiction: A Round-Up of Reading
I thought it would be worthwhile to round-up and share some of the great book lists and discussions I’ve seen centering around good reading for those interested in discussing and thinking about the situation in Ferguson. The bulk of these resources are geared toward children’s and young adult lit,…
Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves
You ever have that funny friend, the class-clown type, who one day just stopped being funny around you? Did it make you think they were depressed? Bec…
A little off-topic from what we usually post. But, you probably should read this.
Marketing 101: How NOT to Promote Your Novel
So, you’ve completed your first novel. Now what? Publish it, duh. Did you really spend three years and countless hours creating this thing just to keep it to yourself. No. You want to share it and …
A GENERAL GUIDE TO NETWORKING: PUBLISHING EDITION
A lot of my advice about entering publishing mentions the word “networking”. For those of you with little to no experience networking, it is NOT a photo meme in which you dress in a trench coat and yell:
Rather, networking is a vital skill one must develop when entering,…
That part about interaction on Twitter is so important. The days I close my browser and go sit outside to contemplate the sun swallowing the universe = because people on Twitter want to win influence by correcting my grammar or making humorless jokes about advice given when I’m genuinely trying to help people.