The Writing Process
How do you craft a character that everyone loves to love or loves to hate? In this article, author Kathy Edens examines the characteristics you should give your characters depending on the audience reaction you're seeking.Read More »
How do you create a story that your readers will love from your first draft? Your top three considerations should be character, plot, and setting.Read More »
We’re covering one of the most challenging genres to read and write: dystopian. What happens to our world when everything goes wrong?
Speculating about the future, which usually has turned for the worse, creates some of the most dysfunctional dystopian worlds that stick in our memory for years. In this article, we examine our top dystopian picks.Read More »
As creatives, writers are more susceptible than most to needing downtime to replenish and refill our brains with fodder for the mill. Let’s face it—you don’t get your best ideas staring at your computer screen. More than likely, an amazing idea pops into your head in the shower, on a walk through the woods, or while playing with your dog. It’s those times when we’re not actively thinking that our brains put together new ideas in astounding ways.Read More »
Simply selling your book on Amazon is an imperfect solution. By self-publishing through an e-commerce platform, you can more directly reach and capture your target audience.Read More »
This article is a guide for the author who has decided to follow the self-publishing route and should hopefully take the terror out of launching your novel on Amazon i.e.Kindle Direct PublishingRead More »
Fiction writers don't start from scratch. They can utilize existing character and story archetypes, personality and emotional types, and the goals and the fears of each type. Combining them in a strong storyline is almost a guarantee for creating best-selling works.Read More »
Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.Read More »
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a disruptive force that is changing how we understand readers, select genres, write, and publish books. Authors and publishers that master AI-based tools are likely to succeed professionally and financially. This article discusses how AI can be integrated in any publishing project.Read More »
How to create a sleuth readers will love. Check this strategy to build your mystery protagonist from concept to detail.Read More »
Have you ever read a story where you wished the author would just hurry up and get on with it? That phenomenon is called story stagnation. Here we examine how to avoid it.Read More »
This April, we're sharing 30 horror stories everyone should devour. See which tales set readers' spines tingling, followed by our own top picks.Read More »
Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event.
Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.Read More »
Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.Read More »
Legendary writing advice from a legendary comedian. Jerry Seinfeld has a lot to teach writers of all genres.Read More »
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first short story in the second grade, so naturally, I assumed I would someday write The Great American Novel. But when I sat down to tackle the task, it turned out that fiction wasn’t my strength, and that’s putting it mildly. I had to face reality—I completely lacked the imagination needed to write compelling stories.Read More »
Writing is a business like any other. You’re creating a product you hope customers will buy and fall in love with. That way, you can continue creating new products people want. Regardless if you’re a fiction writer or a copywriter, you run your own business. And you must approach it like a business if you want to be successful.
Fiction writers who understand the publishing industry and what readers want will thrive. Copywriters who can engage and compel readers to act will succeed. Both must become master marketers to promote their business and make money.
Here are the building blocks of a solid business that will help you create your best writer’s life.Read More »
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