Getting Into Character With Point of View

By Eddie Jones, @EddieJonesTweet   How do you write a story with multiple points of view without confusing your readers? Which POV places the reader closer to the emotions and action? How do you create three-dimensional and believable characters with different camera angels? Let’s examine the three most widely accepted points of view. 1st Person […]

Giveaway Your Book

By Vincent B. Davis II, @vbdavisii   There are two kinds of traffic for your book: Own Traffic and Organic Traffic. Own Traffic is anything that comes from your website, blog, social media, email list, or former readership. You will build your base with Own Traffic, and it’s how you’ll establish a stable readership throughout […]

Fit or Fat Prose? 

By Cherrilynn Bisbano, @chingaling3   Who wants to join me and lose some weight? Most of us could lose a pound or two. I lost twenty pounds through diet and exercise. The process is grueling and takes time and commitment. I keep the weight off by walking, going to the gym, and I reduce the […]

Copywriting 101: Intro to the Business of Writing for Business

By Holland Webb, @WebbJohnpaul   I’d Ruther Go to Druther’s Restaurant That is the first advertising tagline I remember, and I was only six years old when Druther’s came to our Kentucky town. Did you ever eat at a Druther’s? It was a short-lived fast food brand with locations in seven states. It officially turned […]

Awful Dialogue Tags

By Aaron Gansky, @adgansky   “Awful Dialogue Tags!” He Gushed Madly No reason to be ashamed here. We’ve all written them. While some of us are greater offenders than others, at some point, we’ve all over-written dialog tags. “Good morning!” he exclaimed wildly. “Good to see you,” he shouted excitedly. I think I speak for […]

Voice in Writing

By Todd Allen,@ToddAllenAuthor   If you ever see me at a writing conference you’ll probably notice a brown writing journal clutched in my hand. If I don’t write down the jewels of wisdom I hear during these talks I’ll never remember them. Often I go back and read my notes when I need a shot […]

Put ‘Em in the Right Mood: Using Description

By D.L. Koontz, @DLKoontz   Description involves the creation of mental images that allow readers to fully experience our stories. Appropriate description sets the tone, enabling the fullest reader impact. Critical Point: Appropriate description does that. Inappropriate description, however, does something completely different. Appropriate description is as important to books, as the right music is to […]

Cutting out Adverbs

By Vincent B. Davis II, @vbdavisii “For all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen King’s On Writing. Isn’t it true? No matter how hard we may try to correct, edit, and rewrite our manuscript, there is always something left lurking in the material that […]

The Impossibility of Fiction

By Aaron Gansky, @adgansky Sometime after Flannery O’Connor’s death, her friends, Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, compiled several of her essays and speeches on writing in a book called Mystery and Manners. If you’re serious about the art of fiction, this is a book you’ll want to read and keep handy while you work. Go ahead, […]