Book Trends for 2018

By Lindsey Brackett, @lindsbrac   “Listen,” I told a group of writers recently. “You’ve got to be on top of what’s happening in the market because if you aren’t, you’ll pitch a dystopian vampire novel, and let’s face it—vampires are kinda dead.” Apparently I’m hilarious and should add stand up comedy to my repertoire. But […]

5 Habits of a Successful Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills   Emulating writers whose careers have soared into bestselling status provides us with amazing role models. We look for a road map with precise steps and no detours to accomplish the same goals. But every writer is different, and the destination isn’t always achieved the same way. We can succeed like […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Editor’s Pet Peeves

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty   As an editor, I read—a lot! And I find I get impatient with certain contrivances authors tend to overdo. I realize part of what we do as writers is our voice, but I also realize part is trying to impress or to ensure our readers get what we’re trying to impart. […]

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 […]