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Idea Tracking for Authors

| January 11, 2021

If you’re like me, you may often have more ideas than you know what to do with, and not enough time to implement them. But equally important to time for implementation is a method of tracking those ideas that works for you. I keep my ideas in a lot of places: I’ve got a tag […]

Self Publishing and Covers

| December 14, 2020

When it comes to self-published books, cover art can have a huge impact on your sales. Even though we say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” the truth of the matter is that for many readers looking for a new book, covers are what draws them to a book by an author they’ve never […]

Reading Fiction for Success?

| December 7, 2020

Many people in the business world talk about the importance of reading, but they are often focused on reading non-fiction. However, in this article from the┬áHarvard Business Review, the case is made for reading fiction as a way to improve one’s business success too!

Short Stories or Novels: Which Should You Tackle First?

| November 30, 2020

If you’re sliding into the end of November with a brand new novel draft in hand after NaNoWriMo, congratulations! If you didn’t quite reach the end of your novel, that’s okay too! What’s critical in either cases is that you finish. And then? You revise. If you’re new to writing, you may find a lot […]

Marketing in 2020

| November 23, 2020

A lot of authors went into 2020 with lots of excitement and hopeful feelings about it being a good year. And while things may have gone well for some, the majority of us may be looking at the year as a dark spot in an otherwise promising career trajectory. But that doesn’t mean you have […]

Resilience as a Tool for Writers

| November 16, 2020

When you’re a writer pursuing publication, whether it’s for stories, poetry, or novels, there are plenty of factors pushing you to stop. It’s tough to get published, and it requires a bit of a thick skin to understand that rejections are not the end of the world. The same resilience that keeps writers submitting their […]

Feeling All the Feelings

| November 9, 2020

In writing, evoking feelings is one of the best ways to get your stories to have emotional resonance with the reader. But how do you accomplish this? If the feeling or emotion you’re trying to evoke is one that you’ve felt, try to recall some of the concrete details that made you feel, and give […]

Finding a Writing Voice

| November 2, 2020

Whether you’re just starting out or an established author, you’ve probably got a writing voice. You may not have found it entirely when you’ve first started, and you can be equally unaware of what your voice is if you’ve been writing for a while. But when you read a snippet of a story and you […]

Poetry Forms: Clogyrnach

| October 26, 2020

I’ve been interested in trying some of the Welsh poetry forms, but I find a lot of them intimidating due to their requirements for meter and rhyme. While the Clogyrnach also includes those requirements, they seem a little more friendly in this shorter form. The Clogyrnach (pronounced Clog Ear Nak) is a Welsh poetic form […]

NaNoWriMo Advice

| October 19, 2020

I’ve talked before about why I personally don’t do NaNoWriMo anymore, but despite that, I still have advice for NaNoWriMo folks, based on my experience in past years! I think NaNoWriMo is valuable for newer writers, and even some experienced writers who need the proverbial kick in the pants to get started on a project. […]