Author: E.C. Jarvis

So You Think You Don’t Need Research?
July 5, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

Fantasy writers are a unique breed in the literary world, we can create an entire universe from scratch. Want magic in your world? Just put it in, BINGO! Want an upside down hunk of rock floating mid-air above the rest of the ground? Make it so! You don’t need to research real-life because you’re not
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The Reality of Character Development
June 7, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

Sometimes known as a character arc, character development is simply the ways in which your characters change throughout the span of your story. Real life is an ever-evolving thing. We move forwards through space and time, each of us on a unique path which has never happened before and will never be repeated in the
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Where to find inspiration?
April 5, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

Shh, I have a secret to tell you. Come here, close the door, bend down low, whisper with me… There is a well beneath a fountain from which water springs eternal with no discernible source. If you drink from this well with an ancient gold chalice, then you shall receive the gift of inspiration. Or
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On Writing (and Editing) Steampunk
March 1, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

CONGRATULATIONS It seems you are an expert on all things steampunk – I feel like the movie voice-over guy says this to me every time someone asks me to write about steampunk. I mean, okay, I have four published books that broadly fit into the steampunk genre box, but I don’t have a badge or
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The Business of Writing Erotica
February 1, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

What a messy business this is… or can be. Messy, sticky, squishy… you kinda need to take a shower afterwards. Erotica, as a genre, is the ugly cousin of all other genres. It’s looked down on and sneered at by many in the industry, writers, publishers, editors, even readers. But it’s there, and for a
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Fresh Start
January 4, 2017 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

I have recently taken to the casual study of physics. Currently, the topic is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Within this law is the concept of Entropy. Now I’m no physicist, and so please excuse my poor attempt at explaining and applying the concept of entropy to this blog post. Put simply, entropy on a molecular
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Marketing 101 – The Big Bucks
November 2, 2016 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

This is the third post of a four part series on marketing written by an author who has been through the process. You’ve dabbled in a little light marketing and had a combination of success and failures and whatever options you’ve chosen. Now you’re ready to throw a large bundle of money at the wall
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Part Two: 4 Marketing Tools Authors Need
October 5, 2016 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

This is the second post of a four part series on marketing written by an author who has been through the process. You have the book, the blurb, your bio, teasers – the works. You’re ready to dive into the shark pit of the literary world, to remove the reigns and let your baby take
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Marketing 101- The Basics
September 7, 2016 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

This is the start of a four part series called marketing 101 written by a self-published author who has been through the process. Part one – The Basics Marketing is a necessary evil. It’s something that I never gave much serious consideration when I set out on the journey of self-publishing. If you think that you won’t have
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What’s in a Name?
August 3, 2016 Writing Advice E.C. Jarvis

As I sat down to pen a short story I got a little stuck (as I always seem to) when attempting to come up with a character name. The lady I had in mind seemed to demand a sort of old-fashioned name. I sat for a while going through the options, Ethel (after my beloved
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