What’s in a Name?

Ask 100 different authors what the most difficult part of writing is and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Ask me that question, and I’ll tell you: Picking a damn title. I mean, the title is that first big impression; you can’t afford to blow it! It has to entice the reader, but not be …

You Got Lucky, Pal!

As I’ve mentioned before, relying on luck for the main characters in your story can be seen as lazy writing, and yet one of the greatest selling books of all time (The Hobbit) frequently mentions its main character’s “extraordinary good luck”. So what’s a writer to do? How lucky should your main characters be? It’s …

Advice for Authors: Is Your Story Predictable?

“All your bad guys die, the good guys survive. We can tell what’s gonna happen by page and age five!” There’s a popular YouTube series dubbed “Epic Rap Battles of History”, in which famous people from all corners of the world and throughout time are pitted against each other in a battle of wits. The …

Be Your Own Workshop!

Since joining Twitter a few months ago, there’s something I’ve come to realize: indie writers have absolutely no confidence in themselves. Now some of it might be faux humility and some might be joking around, but it seems that just about every writer I see on Twitter loves to talk about how bad their writing …

Dear Indie Authors: Stop Doing This!

During my short time in the indie author community, studying up on what other indie authors have done, there seems to be one common mistake made that inevitably rubs some reviewers the wrong way: unexpected cliffhangers. I understand why it’s done. You’re trying to set the stage for a sequel and hope that the tension …

Marketing for Indie Authors

Allow me to make an assumption: if you’re a self-published indie author, one of the main reasons for this is because you don’t have the money to go the traditional route. I’ll put my own hand up on that one. I can’t afford to drop $500 on a professionally designed book cover. I can’t afford …

Just Tell Me the Moon is Shining!

A popular piece of advice in modern writing is to show, don’t tell. What this roughly means is to paint a picture with your words to immerse the reader in your world rather than string together boring declarative sentences. And this is true, to a degree. You don’t want your novel reading like “See Spot …

A Blurb! My Kingdom for a Blurb!

As I was editing Her Name Was Abby this morning, I realized that I still haven’t written a blurb… Like many other writers, I hate writing the blurb. How am I supposed to condense the themes, major plotlines, subplots, and character developments into a paragraph and make it immediately draw in potential readers??? So I …

Advice for Budding Authors

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post like this for a while, offering some advice to new authors. Because it’s hard to write a book. Fiction, non-fiction, YA or Adult, it’s a daunting task to enthrall a reader with little more than the written word, especially with the tremendous capability of other mediums of …

Advice on Self-Publishing

Hello again, everyone! As most of you know, I am a self-published author, and lately people have told me they’d like to see more posts with insight into the writing process as well as advise for budding authors. So here we go! Today I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned in self-publishing books. …

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