March 26th, 2018

The Comparison Bug – Prevention & Cure

Kerry Schafer

It’s one of those days. Your inner critic is on a rampage. Your writing sucks. All the good words are hiding in the corners of your brain and you’re left with the rejects. You turn to Facebook for cute cats and emotional support, only to discover that every other writer in the world […]

March 19th, 2018

From the Editor’s Desk: Mining Your Manuscript

Tiffany Yates Martin

How to Dig Deeper for the Buried Treasure in Your Story

There is a scene in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love that wrings my heart out every time I see it. Childhood sweethearts and longtime spouses, played by Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, are separated after the wife’s infidelity. Carrell’s character can’t stop […]

March 16th, 2018

Want to Push Your Protagonist Over the Edge? Add an Emotion Amplifier

Angela Ackerman

Put your character up a tree and then throw rocks at him.

This iconic advice is something every writer hears at some point and keeping it at the forefront of our minds when writing is one of the wisest things we can do. Not only must we make good on […]

March 14th, 2018

10 Success Tips from J.K. Rowling

Over the last few years, I’ve been able to experience the joy of sharing the Harry Potter books with my daughter. We’re on Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) and going strong, so J.K. Rowling is a bit of a celebrity in our house. 

She’s a celebrity to me as a writer. She accepted that […]

March 12th, 2018

Write the Good Fight

Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes

Everyone loves a good fight, and a good fight scene is arguably the heart of every thriller. But as NYT Bestseller James Rollins says, in fiction, never use the same killing method twice in the same book. As a result, fiction writers are always looking for a new […]