Should I Use a Pseudonym?

Should I Use a Pseudonym?

A pseudonym, also known as a pen name, is a fictitious or fake name. Pseudonyms have a rich heritage dating back to 1833. Mark Twain was a pen name wielded by the famous American author Samuel Clemens. Theodor Geisel, better recognized as Dr. Seuss, held three pen names; Dean Koontz, a famous novelist, held upwards to eleven! Many an author has opted to use one (or more) for various reasons. It’s perfectly natural to wonder, Should I use a pseudonym? Continue reading “Should I Use a Pseudonym?”

Fiction Writing: Creating the Perfect Hero

Fiction Writing: Creating the Perfect Hero

Fiction writing smolders down to the basic concept of good versus evil. A good story will include a hero and a villain duking it out in a twisted plot designed to keep the reader on their toes. The really good stories—the ones we can’t put down—are home to unlikely and flawed heroes, i.e. the perfect hero. But how do we as writers and authors create the perfect hero? Is there a formula? Or do they just magically spring into existence on the page? Continue reading “Fiction Writing: Creating the Perfect Hero”

The BBC Turned 80 in 2014

The BBC is one of the largest and most iconic television and film broadcasting organizations on the planet. In fact, it’s the world’s oldest national broadcasting organization, as well as the largest by number of employees (23,000). In late 2014, the BBC celebrated its 80th anniversary with a resonating video reviewing its 80-year history, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch:
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5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block

5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block

You sit down with a steaming cup of coffee (or tea), ready and wanting to write, but nothing happens. You stare at a blank word processing page on your computer or tablet. The whiteness is emanating an unsaid taunt, threatening to induce blindness. Your eyeballs pulse as your mind races. What ails you? It’s called writer’s block! Continue reading “5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block”

20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus

20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus

Writers come in all shapes and sizes. Some write for a living as freelance writers. Others wear a writer’s hat while in college or university. Still more slip into a writer’s shoes as they prep presentations and communications at work. Whether you’ve been writing for six months or six years, you no doubt agree that when you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone. But if you lose your focus you’ll spend hours staring at a blank screen, eyes watering as your deadline looms. Continue reading “20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus”

Fiction Writing Rule #1

Fiction Writing Rule #1

Fiction; the word gives me goose bumps. It embodies creativity, imagination, and the many facets of the human experience. It’s light and dark. It’s fun and frustrating. Best of all, experts (like Writer’s Digest) agree it has no set rules. You might say the number one rule of fiction writing is there are no rules, or at least none that cannot be broken. Continue reading “Fiction Writing Rule #1”

Long Live Sherlock Holmes

Long Live Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most famous literary detective in history. In recent years, we’ve seen a smorgasbord of reincarnations from the dramatic Team Downey productions of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to the BBC’s Sherlock. And let’s not forget the newest face set to grace the extraordinary detective in 2015, Ian McKellen. Recently, the legendary character and his adventures came under fire in a copyright dispute, which has left the ingenious literary masterpiece mostly in the public domain. Continue reading “Long Live Sherlock Holmes”

Properly Capitalized Titles

Properly Capitalized Titles

What’s up with properly capitalized titles? Think you know the rules?

As writers — and especially editors — we are tasked with knowing the “what’s what” of the English language. In our industry, we cannot afford to be the writer that constantly makes grammatical mistakes. Likewise, we cannot be the editor that makes improper changes.

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