Staying loyal to your journey means you never abandon yourself by compromising your integrity or discounting your intuition or the signals that come from your body—the knot in the gut, emotional detachment, or loss of energy that signals something is amiss.
~CHARLOTTE KASL, author of If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path
Plotting a novel series involves planning longer character and story arcs and creating a fictional world that will sustain multiple books. Your readers should want to keep reading about your world and your characters across multiple books and, ideally, many years. Here are some ways you can encourage this response in your writing.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with color-coded Post It notes with possible scenes. I have a system, and I work it religiously. Over the past decade, I’ve helped hundreds of authors get from a chaotic swirl of ideas to a coherent set of plot points.
Jack London once said: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” While this advice may be extraordinarily helpful for some people, this post goes out to the pacifists among you, who – for whatever reason – are not in the possession of a club.
If you’re writing a memoir, are you telling your life story as if you were describing the events to a friend, over coffee? If you’re writing a novel, do we get the voice of your main character, loud and clear?
Whether you have already written and even sold a number of screenplays, or you are embarking on your first screenwriting adventure, be wary of the bounty of screenwriting advice available from well-meaning “experts.”
To be a good screenwriter, you need to have a broad exposure to the world of film. Every movie you see is a potential reference point for your writing, everything from story concepts you generate to characters you develop to scenes you construct.
If you are a new self published author, you may not know that about two years ago, Amazon went a little ‘thermo-nuclear’ on book reviews. Why?
Kindle Scout is a reader-powered publishing company by Amazon Kindle. Finally! Readers have a say in what gets published. If the author’s book is chosen for publication, he receives $1,500 upfront and 50% in e-book royalties.
That’s the first and best defense every toddler learns. If you don’t do anything, you don’t get in trouble.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Being independent can be a source of strength for many women. It signifies power and stability. It also means they are secure and brave. And who can deny the relevance of independent women in our society and how immense their contributions can be to our society.
Why Selfless Loving Doesn’t Work and What Really Does.
If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path
A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives.
The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older
Just like pain, boredom is an aversive and unpleasant experience that we need to have in order to truly live well.