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.
Tag: writing advice
How to think laterally about editor feedback #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
In my opinion, the editor is always right . . . about the existence of a problem. What they’re less often right about IMHO is identifying exactly what the problem is, nor are they always right about what the best solution is, nor is it always a problem that should be fixed. Click the title above to continue reading.
Fixing implausibility issues in your fiction #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
My first editor, back before I switched genres, gave me some advice about believability issues in my manuscript that I’ll never forget. Click the title above to continue reading.
5 ways to find inspiration for the next great villain #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
The following five methods for brainstorming villains are most applicable if your manuscript or screenplay contains at least an element of the thriller, suspense, or horror genres. Click the title above to continue reading.
Finding peripheral sales channels for your book #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
The trick to finding peripheral sales channels is to think, “Where would my book complement what is already being sold?” Click the title above to continue reading.
My list of blog hops for authors (#IWSG Blog Hop)
The benefits of blog hops are many. Sometimes called link-up parties, hops are a great way to meet other writers/bloggers and build your author community; gain traffic and engagement on your site; and I’ve even seen them used as a tool in virtual book-launch tours. Click the title above to continue reading.
Writing at the intersection of originality and what sells (#IWSG Blog Hop)
For those of us at the beginning of our, traditional-publishing journey, should we be striving for novel novels or aiming instead for something at the intersection of originality and what’s already selling? Click the title above to continue reading.
#AuthorToolboxBlogHop: monthly hop for authors who want to learn more about being authors (updated 13Jan2021)
Welcome to the third year of the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, which is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. Click the title above to continue reading.
Literary Agent Elizabeth Copps on what comes after NaNoWriMo
Literary Agent Elizabeth Copps offers advice on when manuscripts are ready for agent eyes, industry standards for novel length, and how to make sure your query letter is up to snuff. Click the title above to continue reading.
5 successful authors discuss daily word count goals
As a first-time NaNoWriMo participant—the worldwide community of writers who subject themselves to bleeding 1,667 words a day or 50,000 words total during the month of November—I was confused about how to keep up the pace the rest of the year. And should I? I asked five successful authors to discuss their year-round strategy and was surprised by the differences and flexibility in approaches. Click the title above to continue reading.