fiction writing

March 27, 2017
strong vocabulary

4 Ways to Develop Strong Vocabulary: A Writer's Guide

When writers lack strong vocabulary skills, they miss opportunities to create compelling writing that pulls readers into their story and keeps them there. Do your word skills need […]
March 5, 2017
author intrusion

Intruder Alert: How to Stop Author Intrusion in Your Prose

Author intrusion can be subtle or hit-you-upside-the-head obvious. As a writer, it’s easy to forget yourself and begin poking your nose in your characters’ business. As editors of our […]
February 5, 2017
horror fiction book launch salt in the blood

Salt in the Blood – Inside My Indie Launch

My new supernatural mystery/horror novel, Salt in the Blood, launched last week! It’s a rush writing about my book here, almost like I’m my own celebrity. The […]
January 30, 2017
the myth

The Myth of the "Real" Writer and How to Fight It

Are you a “real” writer? One of the myths I most detest is that writers must meet some sort of litmus test to be “real”.  I first happened across […]
January 22, 2017
getting things done

Getting Things Done: For Writers

Getting things done is a critical element to your success as a writer. The better you are at conation (a fancy word for the art of […]
January 15, 2017
boredom for a good idea

This Little-Known Trick Can Generate a Good Idea for Your Next Story

Ever needed a good idea for a story and felt completely stumped? You know the feeling, that agonizing hum of dead air between the ears when you most need inspiration? If you’re […]
January 8, 2017
opening lines

3 Templates for Opening Lines that Ensnare, Captivate, and Enthrall

Sometimes, the hardest part of writing a story is crafting opening lines. The way you begin your story, whether it’s a short story, novella, or novel […]
December 11, 2016
what's in a name

What's in a Name? Character Naming Basics for Authors

Last week I gave you a whole list of fantastic name generators. Then I got to thinking: It’s easy to generate random names, but they need […]
December 5, 2016
name generator

The Name Game: Great Name Generators for Your Next Novel

A good name generator, if you can find one, is a fiction writer’s dream. After writing tons of stories, sometimes you just get all “named out.” Problem is, it’s […]
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