Character Creation

Let your characters develop on the pages of notebooks, sketch pads, character files in e-folders on your desk top computers or your cellphone. Just get it down, somewhere, or you’ll never know your characters well enough to take you to the end of the story.

Read more

Writing

What is Writing?

Is it a thing? An action? Something we can hold in our hands? When does writing begin? With the Second Grade Girl who is about to illustrate and print on “What did you do during Summer Vacation?”

Read more

On The Same Page

Sandra Beckwith from Build Book Buzz recently posted on 21 terms all authors should know. 21 book publishing terms all authors need to know Sandra Beckwith Head on over to the blog post and be sure to read the comments area. It never hurts to learn a new vocabulary and who doesn’t want to be…

Read more

The Many Parts of an Ebook

A book is more than a cover and main contents.    There are a lot of things to consider.    Front Matter, Back Matter, Table of Contents, Copyright and Title Page…   Join us on Sunday    Formatting the parts of an ebook   There are a few components that you’ll need to assemble in…

Read more

E-Book Covers

Book cover design is a complex balance of images, text, and information — and you need someone who understands how each of these elements interacts with the others to best sell your book. How to design a book cover in 7 steps We will talk about Seven Steps to designing your own book cover. Bonus…

Read more

Let’s Talk about the Limiting Nature of Time in Writing

The Nature of Writing Time

The rope tightened around the beam. Brady turned his cap backward and hit the accelerator. As the shed fell a ghost of dust and roof debris lingered in the air for just long enough to register to an observer’s eye.

A phone rang inside Mrs. Landrey’s house. She rocked forward in her chair and when the effort seemed ridiculous, she settled back and let it ring.

Joline adjusted her backpack. In a single smooth and thoughtless moment she raised the kickstand and pedaled onto the road. A half a tick later the sky seemed to trade places with her feet. She didn’t hear it happening.

Read more

When You Really Need to Tell

As writers, we hear the advice to show, don’t tell. We can almost use it as a mantra. I suspect it is a bit of wisdom used by writers, editors and publishers as an item to tick off of their master lists.

Read more

Writing Your Author Bio

Ask around, it seems most of us are aware of our bios being out of date. But talking about ourselves is not something we do so well. There are also a lot of rules, guidelines and suggestions covering everything from word count to first or third person. 

Read more