So you want to finish that novel you’ve been working on since the dawn of time. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been quite that long, but I’m sure sometimes it feels like it. Making writing a focus in your life is difficult. Life is constantly getting in the way and people or events are vying for every spare moment. How are you ever going to get that book done? You have to be determined and make the decision that it’s important enough to change some things in your life. Continue reading
Feedback is important for making your story the best it can be. Finding Alpha and Beta readers to read over your manuscript can help find flaws you are blind to.
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I recently finished reading a book that was high fantasy, Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham, and loved it. However, when talking with a colleague about the book, he mentioned other books by this author that are more science fiction based. When I started read these books I was surprise how different his author’s voice sounded. This got me thinking about how changing genres affects you and your writing. Continue reading
I have recently returned to working full time and discovery myself facing the inevitable, finding time to write. Though not a new struggle, it’s one I am still searching a solution for. I am sharing what I have discovered has worked for others and for me over the years. Continue reading
As our lives become more and more integrated with technology, we have endless access to large amounts of information. Through work, socializing and relaxing time, we spend an extended part of our days on our devices, inundating our minds with screen-based media. Though it provides us with a greater understanding of ourselves and the world we live in, research has shown that we also need to give our minds a break. Continue reading
Elmore Leonard stated out writing westerns, then turned to crime fiction. Unlike most genre writers, he was taken seriously by the literary crowd. So he’s both popular and respectable. Here are his 10 tricks for good writing: Continue reading
Life can be full of stressful situations and challenges that prevent us from achieving the state of mind necessary to do what we love: write. Between demanding home and work lives as well as family and friends, it’s understandable that your mind has a difficult time switching from your outside world to your creative world. However, there are ways to calm your mind and put yourself in a state where you can access that creative energy and Continue reading