This Week’s Flash Fiction Contest! Write a Drabble & Win!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading This Week’s Flash Fiction Contest! Write a Drabble & Win!

7 Ways To Deal With That Dreaded Bad Review

By Pam Humphrey In my pre-mom days when I worked as a programmer and tech support at a small company, I shared an office with one other girl. After an unusually frustrating customer had berated her as she tried to help them over the phone, she hung up near tears. I’ll never forget what she … Continue reading 7 Ways To Deal With That Dreaded Bad Review

10 Ways To Lift Yourself Out of That Writing Funk

    Being in a funk comes with the writing territory. Because writers are already of the sensitive, angsty type, we are the first to fall into a depressive funk. At best, these funks slow us down and sap our motivation. At their worst, the blues can paralyze your creativity completely. You could be so … Continue reading 10 Ways To Lift Yourself Out of That Writing Funk

Eight Ways You May Be Bungling Your Dialogue In Your Novel

  “I’m not bungling my dialogue,” you say to yourself. But you’ve had a few complaints from your beta readers about how they don’t like the characters. You’ve been told the story feels dead. While your plot is tight and your pacing is perfect, the characters themselves feel off. The trouble could be your dialogue. … Continue reading Eight Ways You May Be Bungling Your Dialogue In Your Novel

Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

In a novel, what is a scene? A scene is a small increment of the story that progresses the story forward. A novel is full of them. And while this may seem obvious, they ain’t easy to write. Have you written a scene and not known where to start? Ask yourself these ten questions! The … Continue reading Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

This Week’s Apples To Apples Drabble Contest!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble! The Rules! Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading This Week’s Apples To Apples Drabble Contest!

How To Review A Book As An Author

By Olivia Folmer Ard In this digital age, an author’s internet presence can make or break her. Reputation, success, overall career—these are just a few of the things on the line when we power on our computers and plug into the virtual world. We’re all familiar with the horror stories about authors reacting badly to … Continue reading How To Review A Book As An Author

Eighteen Ways To Write An Emotionally Abusive Villain

    Let’s say you want to write a villain who doesn’t wear black, doesn’t have a weapon and doesn’t do all the things that typical baddies do.You want an emotionally abusive villain. Emotionally abusive villains are scarier than the Darth Vader types, in my humble opinion. They can play with a person’s mind, trick … Continue reading Eighteen Ways To Write An Emotionally Abusive Villain

Beginning Badly: Eight Awful Ways To Start A Novel

 In the beginning . . . It’s the first page of a brand new novel. Will it be a good beginning or a bad one? Within reading the first two sentences, you’ve already made a decision on whether or not you’ll keep reading. Your reader has too. If they have picked up your novel, they may … Continue reading Beginning Badly: Eight Awful Ways To Start A Novel

Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?

Backstory? Oh yes, you’ve been working on that character’s backstory for months! You’ve written thousands of words of backstory! You know how his parents met, how he got that scar on his pasty white tuckus, and why he gets all shaky and whiny when he’s served enchiladas. This is all important stuff you told yourself as … Continue reading Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?

Write An Apples To Apples Drabble!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Write An Apples To Apples Drabble!

How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

By Rebecca Waters You’ve written a book. You may have a publisher or agent. You may have decided to publish the book yourself. Whatever path you take, there are marketing decisions you will make that will help or hinder book sales. This post examines stuff not in your book. It is a look at the … Continue reading How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

Four Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Be Nice In Their Stories

Nice authors can be dull ones. I think that authors should be well-behaved and respectful. They should have great ethics and never be undignified or rude in public where their readers can see them. I fully believe that an author’s brand is far too fragile (especially in this competitive market) to risk alienation by their … Continue reading Four Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Be Nice In Their Stories

Eleven Truths I Learn When I Delegate Responsibility

If I didn’t delegate my household chores, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. To delegate responsibility means to give a task to someone else. In a way, by allowing someone else to do something, you’ve doubled your efficiency. (I have five kids. This means I can do a lot more than double … Continue reading Eleven Truths I Learn When I Delegate Responsibility