I’m updating this post from 2014 with new tips from Jerry Jenkins. He recently asked 40 writing experts: What do you wish you’d known as a beginner. The answers are quite enlightening. Take a look here! Then enjoy the tips from other famous writers below. I recently read a post listing writing tips from […]
Survey to Determine What Blog Content You Wanna Read
This new year let’s start with ideas for blog content, that you, the readers, want to read Click To Tweet I know many people read blogs and often never comment. That makes it hard for bloggers to know what people might enjoy reading. What kinds of blogs do you read and what content do you […]
What Are Your Characters Eating?
Do authors need to spend lots of time describing the hamburger their main character is eating? The juicy delight of a succulent tomato sandwich? The cool refreshment of lemonade? How much is too much? In my opinion the food must have a purpose in your story #amwriting Click To Tweet In other words, if it […]
What’s with Google and Facebook in your Books?
My editor recently told me that Google didn’t allow me to talk about people “googling” something. Apparently writers can’t refer to Google in that way–even in conversation. When was the last time you said, “I’m going to do an online search of X or Y?” Probably years! Instead don’t you say, “I’m gonna Google that.” […]
Let’s Talk about Writer’s Block–There Ain’t No Such Thing!
I doubt you’ll find a writer who hasn’t heard of writer’s block #writersblock #amwriting Click To Tweet I’m here to tell you that I don’t like the word block. It’s scary. That word suggests that I’m all blocked up and words can’t come out of me. OMG! I can’t even imagine such a thing. I’m […]
Stuart R. West Has a New Book! Peculiar County.
My author friend,@StuartRWest, has another new book #YA Click To Tweet It’s hard to keep up with him. He writes faster than any writer I know. Before I have the first chapter done, he’s finished three books. This time he’s written a real doozy. Here’s a little taste of Peculiar County: Growing up in […]
Fake News and Fake Nonfiction–a Reader’s Nightmare
With everyone talking about fake news these days, I wonder about the lines we cross when we write nonfiction. I’ve been writing and reading both fiction and nonfiction for most of my life. What concerns me is the fuzzy line that our nonfiction writers seem comfortable with crossing. Perhaps they feel if news outlets can […]
What’s an Author to Do? #Inkripples
This month when we tossed the pebble in the pond and created #inkripples we looked at publishing options for writers. Check out what Kai Strand says, what Katie Carroll says and what Mary Waibel says on their blogs. Here’s my two-cents. Recently I new author told me that her journey in writing and publishing had […]
Welcome LA Dragoni with Her New Release Guardian’s Touch
We are fortunate today to have LA Dragoni visiting our blog. She’s written many stories for both middle grade and young adult. Her newest is Book 2 in the Touched by Afterlife series. Guardian’s Touch releases tomorrow! Yippee. And you have a chance to win “One More Chapter” throw pillow cover giveaway. All you have […]
#Tips for Creating a Supporting Cast
As creators or fiction, we must develop believable characters #writingtips Click To Tweet Often we focus on our heroes and villains and rightly so. But, we must also think about those people in the background. How important are they to our story? What are they like and how do they move the story along? The […]