Back in the 1990s Jill and I operated our own small press publishing company and, at that time, there weren’t millions of authors self-publishing their books, there weren’t services where you could buy editing, book design, production, or any of the essential services that are readily available to us today. That’s because books were almost […]
How you move through scenes and chapters is part of the art of writing. It dictates the flow, or pace, of your work. Have you mastered the art of the scene?
Every writer needs to master the art of dialogue. If a writer gets it wrong, they risk losing their reader right from the start.
Here are four truths and four myths about publishing a novel that will help you on your journey to becoming a novelist enjoyable and rewarding.
Are you getting the story out of your head and onto the page in your opening chapter? Here’s how to recognize and shake off the burden of knowledge.
I’ve been thinking about keyboards lately, you’ll see why in a minute. The keyboard is a pretty amazing thing. Invented in the late 19th century along with the mechanism to imprint “type-writing” onto paper, keyboards first appeared as the operational end of the typewriter. Up until that time, all writing by all writers, authors, novelists, […]
In order to write a great first chapter for a book, you have to start in the right place. There are two main ways writers tend to get this wrong.
Do you write the right chord or fill your paragraphs with words that don’t move the story or premise forward because you feel you’ve got to fill up space?
It pays to write a great opening line that hooks your reader and yanks them into your story. A great first line serves as a promise and an invitation we can’t refuse.
Our Contributing Writers continue to provide outstanding content, help, instruction, and inspiration to readers throughout the year. It’s obvious readers appreciate this content because of the amazing level of engagement these posts receive. Now I’ve got another treat—and a bit of a surprise—for you. Although the blog has concentrated for over 5 years on the […]