Quote of the day
Forgiveness is no longer wanting to punish the people who hurt us.
~SIDNEY B. SIMON, author of Forgiveness: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life
Conflict, conflict, conflict! It’s like this mantra among fiction writers, right? And we all nod our heads in agreement, because we all know story conflict is integral to good storytelling.
All stories are based on 3 elements: Character, Desire, Conflict.
Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters & Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an award-winning author
How many words are in a novel? Or at least one in which publishers might be interested? In this post, we’re going to explain word count and how it affects your chances of publishing success.
Almost every single author I know has their own unique (yet somehow familiar) story of crushing heartbreak, setback, and rejection. I’m no exception. My agent was not my first agent.
“For many writers, sticking to a writing schedule is a difficult battle against doubt, anxiety and good old procrastination–a fight they far too often lose.”
It can be overwhelming, especially on the front end of the process where a writer studies various theories, paradigms, and approaches to the craft. This is a necessary thing, at least for most writers, but how to make sense of all that information and intellectual stimuli? And then more to your point, how to balance all of those ideas with the actual practice of writing a story?
If you have an email list, you’ll never lose touch with your readers. In fact, you can talk to them directly absent a third-party platform. That’s the beauty of having an email list.
A recent blog post by Mark Coker from Smashwords has opened up a fierce debate about the pros and cons of open publishing versus Amazon KDPS (Kindle Direct Publishing Select) exclusivity, both on his own post and on an aggregated version of his post onThe Passive Voice. Amazon exclusivity is one topic in self publishing that can generate quite heated comments.
People say that “everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore.
We now have planes, trains, and automobiles. So is it really a big deal if you have to travel several hours to date someone? What’s the issue if you live in Maryland and want to see someone in Rhode Island or Florida, or even Canada for that matter?
As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic.
Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here’s how it works.