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Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! 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 Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! Write An Apples to Apples Drabble!

Seven Reasons Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

  Have you ever read your work out loud? Long before you submit your work to your beta readers, before you assume that you’re done, before you start thinking about renting that billboard to advertise your latest literary genius, you should read your manuscript out loud. Start at page one. Finish at “The End.” And listen. And … Continue reading Seven Reasons Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings

You need not worry about your browser history; this post is about killing figuratively.  In the world of writers, killing your darlings means getting rid of those story bits that need to die, even though the author may have fallen in love with them. But in the world of writers, the author who wants to write … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings

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!

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!

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

5 Hopeful Strategies For When You Don’t Have Time For Your Dream

Sometimes I picture my big dream as a soft, squishy happy cloud, blissfully hovering over me. My dream is just out of reach. I realize this. But I also realize that each day that I do something toward it, it feels more real. Each time I give my dreams ten minutes, that big fluffy cloud … Continue reading 5 Hopeful Strategies For When You Don’t Have Time For Your Dream