Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity

Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity

Fiction writing is hard work. Depending on your approach, it can be harder than non-fiction in numerous respects. It takes effort, planning, and dedication. It requires a thick skin. But most of all, it demands creativity and passion. Yet, even the most creative and passionate amongst us can run into troubles from writer’s block to the stall of procrastination. So, just how can we humble authors jumpstart our creativity? Continue reading “Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity”

How to Tell a Great Story

How to Tell a Great Story

Storytelling is one of the most important elements of writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an independent author writing fiction, a copywriter creating content for a business or a student writing a paper for school. Knowing how to tell a great story can make the difference between capturing and losing your audience. Continue reading “How to Tell a Great Story”

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?”

Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

Indie authors and avid readers have been debating the good versus bad of Kindle Unlimited since its release. Readers love it because it’s like the Netflix of e-books. Authors aren’t so sure of its benefit because of the restrictions Amazon imposes. Is Kindle Unlimited bad for authors or does it have a positive side? Continue reading “Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?”

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”

How Do I Get eBook Reviews?

How Do I Get eBook Reviews?

So you’ve published an e-book. That’s half the battle, now isn’t it? Many new indie authors think writing the manuscript, subjecting it to painstaking proofs and editing resulting in sleep-deprived madness, cover art design, file conversion, and the ultimate click to publish was the entire battle. It’s not. Once you hit publish, you have effectively fallen through the looking glass into a whole new world. A world that in all likelihood is stranger than the one you wrote about in your book. Continue reading “How Do I Get eBook Reviews?”

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”

Recovering from a Less Than Favorable eBook

Recovering from a Less Than Favorable eBook

Oops! It’s cute when a toddler says it, but “oops” really is one of the most terrifying words in the English language. If it pops out after you’ve published your first e-book, then Houston, we have a problem! Chances are, your “oops” was more along the lines of, “Oh, s^&#” or “F^&# me!” It’s okay to go sailor, but as disheartening as a self-publishing mistake can be, it does not signify the end. Continue reading “Recovering from a Less Than Favorable eBook”

An eBook Market Review & a Guide to 2015

An eBook Market Review & Guide to 2015

It’s a fact; e-books are no longer a mere novelty. They have officially become big business. In recent years, electronic books have begun to take over an ever-growing percentage of the literary market share. As we gear up for the New Year, one we predict to be filled with unprecedented content and literature, we’ve put together a snapshot of the e-book marketplace. Are you one of the hundreds of indie authors eking out a name for yourself in the e-market, or are you about to join the ranks? Either way, this blog is for you! Continue reading “An eBook Market Review & Guide to 2015”