Quote of the day
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.
~BRENÉ BROWN, author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Conflict is the core ingredient to fiction, even literary fiction. Yes, we can break rules, but we must understand them first. Conflict in any novel can have many faces and often you will hear this referred to as the antagonist.
When writing a story, using the senses to make scenes more vivid and visceral is simple and obvious advice. You want the reader to feel like they’re right there with the characters, experiencing what they’re experiencing.
I realized that one of the most helpful tools for organizing any story is the 3 Act Structure which has been used in classic writing and has also been adapted by modern screenwriters. Here’s my summary of what the Acts contain.
Like most writers, I keep a backlog of story ideas that I revisit from time to time, trying to decide what to write next.In doing so, I found an area where my ideas consistently fell short: most of the ideas did not have a clear antagonist.
Whether or not you believe in that old cliche “Write what you know,” most fiction writers at one time or another are led to create characters who aren’t really fictional at all, but based on someone they know or have studied.
No matter what type of writer you are – a fledgling just starting out; self-published; indie published; repped or unrepped; or those who’ve beaten the odds and stepped over the line into traditional publishing – you know just how important exposure to the industry is to find success.
Do you issue updates on your ebooks? What’s an ebook update? It’s when you’ve made minor corrections, additions, or deletions to an ebook that’s already been published, and you then update the file so that anyone who has purchased it can get the new version for free.
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Getting international sales is always an important part of an author’s campaign but selling overseas can be tricky. The good news is: Amazon is everywhere.
There’s nothing wrong with thinking that you’re smart. You probably are pretty smart, and we commend your healthy esteem and belief in yourself. But healthy self esteem has its limits.
Ever notice how some people just seemingly have a bright outlook on life — even when everything isn’t exactly on the sunny side?
Are you sharing visual content on social media? Do your images stand out? Creating and curating clever visual content can engage your audience on a personal level.