Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? Here’s an idea to help you keep up with word count. One of my writing partners recently injured his hand and it was put into a cast. I was very impressed that instead of giving up writing for a few months, he bought Dragon Speech to Text Software and managed … More 3 Reasons to “Speak” your Manuscript
Source: MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!
When you wrote your first book, did you consider who was going to read it? Let me rephrase that: Who was going to want to read it? Probably not. You took the first few years to get through the grueling draft you believed would never end. Then end it did, and you couldn’t have been more thrilled. … More Authors… Who Are You Writing For?
I decided to research my favorite authors and how they developed their stories. The question is, what is it that makes a novel successful? Is there a special formula? Here are the results for your enjoyment. First on the list: CS Friedman, which is my first favorite because of her dark epic fantasy Feast of Souls … More The Formula of a Bestselling Novel
If you’re like 95% of writers, writing is not your day job! Instead your lunch break, afternoons, weekends, when the baby is sleeping, and when you should be sleeping, too, are the pockets of time you find you’re able to write. Even if you’re passionate about writing, it’s important to keep a balance. The best … More Work – Life Balance … OH WAIT Writing Too!
When editing your manuscript (and edit you must), it’s easy to get wrapped up in spelling, grammar, dialogue scenes and prose. While those are all vital to a publishable novel, there’s a big picture you might be missing. I don’t just mean the plot arc and character development, but the full message and theme of your novel. … More A Powerful Theme – Does your Manuscript Have It?
http://ajflowers.org/blog/3-reasons-why-critiquing-can-improve-your-writing-craft There you are, sitting with your morning coffee, a warming laptop and a small journal of jumbled notes. After you finish your first draft and begin the revising process, you keep finding the same mistakes over and over again… Why does this keep happening? I think this is a common problem most writers have … More 3 Reasons Critiquing Can Improve Your Writing Craft
I’m pleased to introduce our guest author: Elizabeth Davies! She has written and self-published 5 full-length novels. Her latest being The Medium Path, a paranormal romance with a fascinating premise. Amazon 5-star Reviews of The Medium Path: “The Medium Path is an intriguing read that will capture your imagination and your heart” – Amy Valentini “A … More Author Interview: Elizabeth Davies
This is a book review for The Martian, by Andy Weir. Realistic Sci-Fi Thriller. There are no spoilers in this review. My rating (1 to 5 stars): 5 stars! Plot: A thriller of an astronaut that has been unknowingly left alive on Mars while his crew thinks him dead. He must use his wits … More Book Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir
This is a personal post to give an update on how my writer’s life is going. I started out with my 180k word manuscript for Acceptance about three months back. Since then, I’ve broken it up into three separate novels (a word count more appropriate for YA) and begun querying the first novel at 54k … More Writer’s Life: Finding the Right Agent, Keeping Up with the Craft