What's World Building Got to Do with Writing Contemporary Fiction? Everything!
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No matter where you live on this Earth, I imagine your world is somewhat different than it was a year ago, and I want you to think about...
GOT LEAKS IN YOUR PLOT?
Avoid Those Small Leaks Because They Ultimately Lead to Major Cracks Ever read a story that had tiny leaks in its plotline? Those...
WHAT’S THE RIGHT PUBLISHING ROUTE FOR YOU? (Part 4 of a 4 Part Series -Self-Publishing)
So, here we are at the end of the series, ready to broach the subject of that third path to publishing. The most recent spice added to...
WHAT'S THE RIGHT PUBLISHING ROUTE FOR YOU? (Part 3 of a 4 Part Series - Independent Publishing)
I see post after post on various Facebook pages discussing traditional publishing versus self-publishing, but no one talks about the indepen
What's The Right Publishing Path For You? (Part 1 of a 4 part series)
Many of the aspiring authors I run into have done little research in the area of publishing. If you ask me, I’d say this is because they are
Writer's Block. Legend, Myth, or Folktale?
How about all three. After all, a legend is a story that typically includes an element of truth. It’s based on historical facts, but with my
SHEDDING THE UGLY MASK FROM SELF-EDITING
What you envision when you think about self-editing is nothing but a mask that simply needs to be peeled away. I swear it! Daily, I hear w
Are You On Pace To Get Your Readers Over the Finish Line?
How important is pacing? Probably more than you realize. Poor pacing can easily send your book to the donate pile. Or worse, the garbage pil
HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR BOOK BE?
Quite simply put, your story should be as long as it needs to be. In other words, just because your brother told you he loved your short sto
Common Newbie Mistakes To Avoid
Remember, even your favorite author was once a newbie. Shakespeare, Austin, Dickens... Even Mark Twain once upon a time sat down with pen an
Create a Fictional Character your Readers Will Want to Spend Time With
I want you to think in terms of a movie and the actors who play in them (we all see a movie every now and then, even if it’s from the
Getting Back to Basics - Fact vs. Fiction
Fact: A thing that is indisputably the case. Fiction: Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that descri
Want to Improve Your Writing Skills?
I know you’ve heard this a hundred times before, but if you want to be really good at your craft, all you have to do is READ, READ, READ, an
ALWAYS PUT YOUR BEST FOOT RIGHT OUT FRONT AND ON THAT FIRST PAGE
Now, keep in mind that I’m possibly in a class of few, but, personally, I never read back cover blurbs. Especially if the book I'm consideri
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