February 7th, 2018

A Simple Tip to Help Get Rid of Saggy Middles

 

Need to tone and tighten the middle of your WIP?

Have a saggy, lackluster character that needs work?

Feel like junking your half-finished, used-to-sparkle story?

Don’t.

Today I have a simple tip for you to brighten your character and/or your plot.

Go another way.

I first heard these words in reference to life’s struggles. […]

March 23rd, 2015

Writing That Gets Noticed

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine into Gold

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Why should anyone pay you for your writing?

Few aspiring authors give enough thought to answering this question. It is your key to effective marketing, yet many writers would rather skip the tough questions, whine about discoverability, and resort to gimmicks.

Yet I have never […]

June 25th, 2012

Unusual Inspiration: Character Arcs Made Easy

by Fae Rowen

I am a plot-driven writer. The plot arrives first in my head, then I look for people who will survive and grow in that world.

My #1 concern? My characters MUST connect with my readers. To have the “best book ever” experience, your reader must believe in, root for, identify with, and, […]

September 26th, 2011

Choose Your Fear — The Fear of Not Succeeding

By Laura Drake

We were talking at crit group the other night. Our “throwdown” blogs have grown into more than we’d planned originally. In case you missed them, they were:

Plot vs. Character –

I took the Character side here Fae took the plot side here.

Linear Writing vs. Non-linear –

I took linear side […]