Category Archives: Writing Advice

Diversity in Character and Setting

One of the first pieces of advice writers get is write what you know….where’s the fun in that? If we don’t expand our horizons, research new things, then how are we to grow as writers and as humans? Still, if you are going to be

Harness the Power of Loud

I had a hard time finding an image to go along with this post because obviously “loud” is something experienced through our ears. So how can you get your readers to “hear” loud using only the written word? One answer is to focus on how

Balancing the Bankbook

Authors face many obstacles when building a career from writing. Not the least of these obstacles is money. Some authors work day jobs (or night jobs) and write in their spare time or stolen minutes at dawn or dusk. They bemoan the needed 9-5 that

Using Other Media For Inspiration

“I want to write, I just don’t know what  to write.” “I have nothing new to say.” “I’m bored with my own writing.” We’ve all been there before. Feeling the itch to write, but drawing a blank when sitting before the computer screen or notepad.

How to Overcome Writer Burnout

Writer burnout. It feels a lot like writer’s block. You sit down at your desk and stare at the blank page and your mind buzzes. You’re stressed to the max and just plain overworked and it’s showing up to haunt you. Burnout happens to us

The Highest Hurdle: Publication

sent my first book, Crystal Unicorns, out to more than fifty agents and publishers before I stopped and reconsidered.  Several liked the book but were afraid of the premise, underage antagonist, episode of sexual assault and murder. It was nothing I had not seen in

Diversity in Plot and Structure

There is an extremely popular author with dozens of bestselling books that I had to take a break from reading. Why? Because, for all her professional knowledge about her field and her engaging style of writing, the books started all looking the same.  Same plot

Marketing in Minutes a Day

The life of an author is a constant struggle for balance. For most, that balancing act includes a full-time job, family, social commitments, writing, and then when writers hear “marketing” they throw their hands up feeling overwhelmed and demand that they don’t have any time.

Little Ones and Writing: Finding a Balance

About ten months ago, something incredible happened. My wife gave birth to our first child. The months since that day have been filled with a new, special kind of joy that has filled this father’s heart to the brim. I wouldn’t trade a moments spent

10 Ways to Fight off Writer’s Anxiety

It’s happened to all of us before. We sit down to write and get overwhelmed. Are we even any good at writing? Fear takes over and the screen is too white and blank and no words are coming. This is writer’s anxiety and it hampers

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