5 Tips for Staying Professional in the Work-At-Home Writing Life
The work-at-home life isn’t all pajamas and parties. It requires professionalism. Without it, you and your clients will suffer. Continue reading 5 Tips for Staying Professional in the Work-At-Home Writing Life
National Proofreading Day: 10 Tips to Proof It Up!
Did you know it’s National Proofreading Day?
That’s right, folks! It’s officially March 8, 2017, and that little ‘ol eight makes it National Proofreading Day. To celebrate today’s dedication to error-free writing, I thought I’d share my top 10 tips for exceptional proofreading. Continue reading “National Proofreading Day: 10 Tips to Proof It Up!”
10 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling Skills
Ever since I was a kid, I have been a fan of daytime soap operas. I can remember coming home from school and watching my VHS taped show for the day. I would follow the storyline and thought that no matter how ridiculous the plot, whoever wrote the lines knew what they were doing.
Being a decent writer means that you are a decent storyteller, but why stop at decent? Improving your storytelling skills will strengthen your writing and make your work more attractive and relatable—two highly sought after elements in all wanted copywriters. Practice makes perfect. So here are ten exercises you can use to improve your storytelling swag: Continue reading “10 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling Skills”
How to Create an E-Book Marketing Campaign
Today in publishing, if you don’t know how to market an e-book effectively, you might as well say sayonara to your book sales. The key to marketing your e-book successfully is having a plan. Planning out your marketing campaign is essential to making a profit.
Let’s face it; we live in an age where virtually anyone can write and produce an e-book at the touch a button. The number of books we have access to is skyrocketing daily, and there is a rapidly growing e-book database online. If you want to stay ahead of the curve and attract an audience to your book, not someone else’s with similar content, you need to focus on a marketing campaign. Continue reading “How to Create an E-Book Marketing Campaign”
The Oxford Comma – Is It Dead?
Gird your loins grammar geeks! We are about to enter the territory of heated debate known as the Oxford Comma Wars. Why is this humble punctuation mark such a big deal? Is it a dead and gone old-timey rule best to be buried? Let us debate! Continue reading “The Oxford Comma – Is It Dead?”
Fiction Writing Rule #4: Choose (And Stick With) a Point Of View
A third of the population look at a glass containing 50% water and 50% air, and they say the glass is half-full. The next third say it’s half empty. The final third say screw it and grab a drink. Each third have a different point of view.
Perspective is everything.
As authors of our self-created universes, the point of view we choose to tell a story in sets the stage. It is, perhaps, the single most important decision we make because telling the same tale from a different point of view (POV) creates an entirely different novel. Continue reading “Fiction Writing Rule #4: Choose (And Stick With) a Point Of View”
What Is A Bestselling Author?
“By Bestselling Author…”
Twitter is flooded with tweets from hundreds (maybe even thousands) of authors advertising their latest work via these three words.
We think they think that it has the same impact on readers as the deep booming voice in the movie theatre saying, “From critically acclaimed” whatever. From the depths of the narrator’s voice come three words that make heads snap forward and minds say, “Oo! It must be good.” Bonus points if they know the name mentioned and have loved their previous work. Continue reading “What Is A Bestselling Author?”
5 Ways to Be a More Productive Writer
Guys! Guys! Guess what!
Do you know what that means? Continue reading “5 Ways to Be a More Productive Writer”
The Writer’s 2016 Guide to Better Writing
You know they think we’re crazy, right? Continue reading “The Writer’s 2016 Guide to Better Writing”
Fiction Writing Rule #3: Create Dimensional Characters
A story isn’t a story without characters. Much like reality, it doesn’t matter how small a person appears because their actions and personality can cause an explosion.
Throughout literature there are stunning examples of deep, multifaceted characters, without which stories would be drab and boring. Take, for example, characters like Sherlock Homes and John Watson whose depth rival that of some real life individuals.
In continuation of our Fiction Writing Series, our next topic of discussion is how to create dimensional characters. Continue reading “Fiction Writing Rule #3: Create Dimensional Characters”