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”
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Do you know what that means? Continue reading “5 Ways to Be a More Productive Writer”
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”
As National Novel Writing Month ends, the beginning of the holiday season strikes. The time of the year has come where you embark on reading stories about obnoxious gingerbread men, elves that watch naughty children, talking turkeys, and an incessant use of the word ‘Tis.’
You find yourself watching terribly scripted made for TV holiday movies and ridiculous commercials that make you want to poke your eyeballs out. Now, imagine having to read this stuff year round.
It’s a safe bet you would never again read or watch TV, and the survival of your eyeballs would be debatable.
As you feast your eyes on your NaNoWriMo work, or set your sights on your next writing project, it’s important to focus on the importance of clear and concise writing. Let’s take a minute and review some important tips that will help you prepare a fresh and crisp piece of writing for your readers. Continue reading “The Guide to Clear and Concise Writing”
Whether you are writing a novel or a simple short story, the infancy stages of your piece will not be perfect. It is also a safe bet that one of the biggest grammatical headaches, the split infinitive, has been a thorn in your side. Don’t worry, you are not the only writer to enter split infinitive hell! Continue reading “A Guide to Split Infinitives”
Books are the closest thing to magic. It’s why so many of us nerds love a good novel. Books have the uncanny ability to transport us to new places, introduce us to new people, and take us on unforgettable adventures. But not all books are created equal. Continue reading “Fiction Writing Rule #2: Show, Don’t Tell”
The profession of writing is one of the most underestimated and underappreciated on the planet. How many times have you heard someone say writing is easy? It’s equated with the simplicity of throwing words about a page with the intent of sounding smart, but writing — real writing — is so much more! Continue reading “5 Tips for Improving Your Writing”
Writing a book is hard work. It doesn’t matter how much you love the craft; the process of brainstorming, writing, polishing, and publishing is tough. It’s even harder as an independent author because you and you alone are taking on the responsibilities of author, publisher, and marketer. And one of the toughest decisions you’ll face is how much to charge for your e-book. Continue reading “Pricing Your eBook: How Much Should I Charge?”
In our ongoing content creation series, we’ve covered the basics of planning a content strategy in detail. You’ve probably noticed that unlike many of the copywriting agencies on the Internet, we’ve touched on how each element of content creation applies in principle to independent authors. One of the questions we often hear is, “Why should I [as an indie author] care about a content strategy and content marketing?” Our answer is simple, “Because every independent author should have a website.” Continue reading “5 Reasons Every Independent Author Should Have a Website”