Whether or not you openly ascribe to a particular belief system or philosophy, your worldview will seep into your story. Identifying that worldview in your stories helps you create deeper, more authentic themes (even in light fiction) as well as connect with a tribe that resonates with what you’re saying. … More Author Marketing: Your Worldview and Your Audience
So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don’t sound right, but they aren’t sure why. Or you’re self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences! … More 5 Ways to Improve a Sentence – Fiction Edition
A great plot is key to a winning book. Great plots are borne of polishing that first draft through revisions and editing. Here are seven checks that you can use to make sure your plot is hitting the mark and the market! … More Revise It! Seven Checks to Make Sure Your Plot Works
Are you writing from your passion? Or are you hoping that hitting trends and the latest marketing tactics will be enough? I did. I’m an infojunkie who likes to self-educate whenever possible. I was ready to crack the system and crank out the stories.
Then I fell flat on my face.You don’t have to choose between your writing passions and the writing market. What’s inside you is critical to connecting to your readership and tribe. … More Author Marketing: Yes, Your Passion Does Matter!
Supporting characters are as vital as their name implies: they support your main characters and plot arcs so that everything runs smoothly (or horribly, as the case may be–disasters make good fiction). Done right, supporting characters make your protagonist look good (or bad, as the case may be) and offer a much-needed alternate perspective. This golden principle will make sure all of your supporting characters are being used effectively! … More Revise It! The Golden Principle of Supporting Characters