Marketing is a four letter word to most authors, and I don’t mean the word ‘love.’ Advertising and marketing are important no matter how icky it makes you feel. Writing a novel and making it available to the world doesn’t mean the world will take notice. Or care. Or fart in your general direction. Once … More A List of Book Promotion Sites
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First Draft. Those two words wield a whole lot of power, evoking emotions from giddy excitement to brain numbing dread. Some writers stand strong on the side of excitement, ready to throw down words and metaphors like hot fire, while others battle cold sweats and nausea at…
Once you’ve written down your goals, it’s easy to set them aside and forget about them. Doing a self-review is a good way to hold yourself accountable for achieving your aims. You can evaluate your progress by week or month, but I prefer by quarter. … More Quarterly Writing Goals: Q1 2017
The Sumerian tale of Marduk versus Tiamat absorbed me one night during a months-long bout of insomnia. A few articles compared Tiamat to Echidna from Greek mythology. … More Where did you get the idea for your novel?
I’ve read a number of blogs sharing the advice bloggers would give their younger selves if they could travel back in time. I’m grabbing my laptop, shanghaiing a TARDIS and diving into the blogosphere time warp to post advice to my younger, even cuter, pigtail wearing self. … More Advice For My Younger Self
Here are a few websites with great creative writing prompts. … More Where to Find Ideas for a Story
Three Tips to Increase Self-Motivation for Writers … More Three Tips to Increase Self-Motivation for Writers
There is no magic formula to create the perfect first line. What is considered a great opening line is as varied as the novels that contain them. 4-Opening Paragraph Tips: Read the first page of novels in your genre. Knowing what other authors did will help you avoid clichés and see what works and what … More What Makes For A Great Opening Line Of A Novel?
What makes a character memorable is that they battled great external hardships, faced internal struggles, and had unique personalities. … More Questionnaire for Writing Character Profiles – Create Memorable Characters
Character profiles are helpful for novels that are part of a series, novels which involve several main characters and for stories which use multiple points of view. … More Questionnaire for Writing Character Profiles – Go Beyond Physical Description