A creative writing teacher gave my class some advice I’ll never forget: when it comes to story ideas, it’s best to ride around on the bus with it. In other words, take time to process and decide if it’s the best story and/or story direction. In my mind, there are two types of riding-around-on-the-bus-with-it: intentional and unintentional. Click the title above to continue reading.
DIY Budget Writing Retreat (#IWSG Blog Hop)
A change of venue gets my creative juices flowing, helps me focus without all the usual distractions, and gives me incentive to write toward concrete goals. Basically, it’s great for everything except my wallet. Here are my budget writing retreat options. Click the title above to continue reading.
The 4 Ps of marketing for authors (#IWSG Blog Hop)
The ‘4 Ps of Marketing’ form a pie chart also referred to as the ‘Marketing Mix,’ which I break down in terms of how it relates to selling books. Click the title above to continue reading.
8 criteria for evaluating writing competitions (#IWSG Blog Hop)
Writing competitions are a great way to test skill and receive feedback from authors, agents, editors, and publishing gurus. Here are eight criteria to take into account before deciding which competitions are the best use of your time, money, and creativity. Click the title above to continue reading.
2017 List of Twitter Chats for Writers (latest new chat added Sep 2018)
Here’s my list of 31 active Twitter chats. Search the list for which ones you might be interested in checking out, add a reminder to your calendar, and join in the discussions. Click the title above to continue reading.
Raising a reader: not the usual tactics (#IWSG Blog Hop)
Let’s be honest. We want kids to read, and they’re on to us. The jig is up. This in mind, I put to you an arsenal of devious strategies, so tap your fingers together and prepare to cackle. Click the title above to continue reading.