Category: Writing Craft

Make a Living as a Self Published Author

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Author

I never imagined myself as a fiction author. In fact, I never imagined myself as a writer at all. The world’s Stephen Kings are few and far between, and even a high school dropout knows that most writers are starving artists. I didn’t consider myself an artist, nor was I willing to starve. And I’m…

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Unseat Your Hero With a Terrible Secret

Secret second families, receipts for illicit items, decoy wallets–ooh, stirring up trouble can be fun for the writer, and devastating for your hero!

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Give Your Characters a Strong Sexual Identity

Giving your character a strong sexual identity doesn’t have to be the focus of your story, but it adds additional layers of realism and interest.

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What is the Best Genre to Write In

Genre choice isn’t as simple as picking from the top sellers, especially if you just aren’t interested in it. Who wants a life of boredom?

What is an Everyman?

How do we strike the balance of having an imperfect ‘everyman’ character without making them TOO boring so that readers don’t like them?

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Change Your Story Mood or Tone

What would happen if you took a story and turned the tone on its head? Comedy becomes tragedy, fun becomes horror… Give it a try!

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The Red Herring Explained

Life is messy, and your mysteries should be too if you want to throw your readers off the trail! Red herrings, mmm-mmm, yummy!

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What Are Tent Poles?

What are the poles that keep your circus tent up? And whose monkeys are those anyhow? This and other answers when we return!

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Why You Need to READ, READ, READ

In order to absorb the good, the bad, and the ugly of your craft, you really need to read if you want to be a decent writer.

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Use a Timer to Write Faster

There are all sorts of mental tricks you can use to increase your word count. Johnny talks about how he uses a timer to keep himself on track.