Writing Subplots: What, Why, and How

Writing Subplots: What, Why, and How

Subplots may not be what immediately comes to mind when you come up with an idea for a novel, but as you get deeper into the writing process, it will become clear why they are such an important piece of storytelling. No matter how compelling your main plot is, it may...
3 Cornerstones of Character Development

3 Cornerstones of Character Development

Ask yourself why your favorite fiction novel is your favorite, and you may come up with a plethora of reasons to rave about the novel you’re thinking of. But it is very likely that one of the features that made you fall in love with the story is the characters...
To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

This week’s post is from award-winning poet Maria Masington about truth in writing. How honest can we be? The best poem I ever wrote has never been, nor will it ever be, published. My critique group and editor loved it, but it encroaches on the privacy of three...
How to start a writing habit

How to start a writing habit

Prepare to start your writing habit Mindset When starting any new good habit or rekindling an old one, a positive mindset is the first key to success. While this may sound elementary, you have to want the outcome of the positive changes. When you start a writing...
The Secret Apartment

The Secret Apartment

A client of mine, Tom Garvey, recently hit what most would consider the author’s jackpot. His book, The Secret Apartment, hit #1 in three categories on Amazon, has been interviewed on radio programs and podcasts locally and across the country, and has offers to buy...
How to Write a Book Review That Readers Will Love

How to Write a Book Review That Readers Will Love

Today’s readers are fortunate to have more books to choose from than ever before. The combination of an ever-increasing pool of writers, improved distribution, and the rise of self-publishing has created countless opportunities for authors and readers alike. The only...

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