May 29th, 2017

The Drive to Survive as a Writer

Christina Delay

I recently watched a talk about the drive to survive; how every organism (including us) on the planet has this most basic force driving all decision-making. It is always on the lookout for danger AND always assessing how to meet its most basic needs—food, shelter, procreation, etc.

Applied to our writing, that explains […]

April 21st, 2017

How to Write a Great Last Line

Don’t you just love it when a line in a book so good, that you just have to stop reading to appreciate it for a few minutes? Me too.  I think that’s part of the reason I began writing – to, just once – write one of those sentences. 

You can find them scattered […]

March 22nd, 2017

Helpful Hacks to Build a Strong Online Brand

Our current brave world of publishing demands that an author “build a brand.” What does that mean exactly? 

Simply put, your brand is the picture that pops into people’s mind when they hear your name. Your author brand is how your fans identify you.

How do you figure out what to talk about online? [I can hear […]

March 17th, 2017

Story Genius – for Pantsers

Lisa Cron

Great questions this month – so much to say, so let’s get started!

Laura Drake asks: I have a question – I’ve read (no, studied) the first half of Story Genius, and it’s changed the way I write. My weakness is plotting (I don’t). So the second half of the […]

March 3rd, 2017

Descriptions – the Angels are in the Details!

Descriptions are some of my favorite things to do. But they’re not easy to write well.

Descriptions have changed over the years.  Stienbeck’s The Gapes of Wrath was published in 1939. Here’s the beginning: 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Steinbeck fan, but that was before TV, Netflix, apps, and Xbox. Back when readers […]