Making Your Fiction A Place You Want To Be

Author Janet Key shares the feeling of not wanting to revisit the world she was creating and the tools she used to help make her fiction a place she wanted to be. Last fall, I decided with great determination that it was finally time to finish that literary novel of mine. At that point, IContinue reading “Making Your Fiction A Place You Want To Be”

Wandering Mind

Daphne Gray-Grant asks, “Are you ever accused of being a “daydreamer”? Don’t despair! It’s actually a very good sign that you’re allowing your mind to wander…“ A majestic cypress tree grew outside my grade 11 classroom window, eons ago. I remember spending hours staring at it, exploring its velvety green branches and reflecting on the boredom of myContinue reading “Wandering Mind”

ISBNs

Being forwarned is forearmed if have published, or are are moving in the direction of publishing a book. In Darcy Pattison’s article, she compares Y2K with ISBN numbers. Do you remember Y2K? When the century turned from 1900 to 2000, computer programs were in trouble. For many programs, the date had been programmed as 19__Continue reading “ISBNs”

It’s Time to Give Yourself a Break

“You’ve got one life to live, it’s time to get intentional with your wellbeing, beliefs & possibilities to create a life and business you are thriving in and passionate about!”  ~Meagan Saum “Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is to relax.” If you run a business and roll your eyes at taking timeContinue reading “It’s Time to Give Yourself a Break”

Learning Dog Tricks Made Me a Calmer Person

Writer, Cindy Zikmund talks about the words, “leave it”, and how they can be of benefit in our life. While practicing the dog trick, Leave It, with my five-year old pup, I unexpectedly learned to regulate my own impulsive reactions and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  During a live internet broadcast aboutContinue reading “Learning Dog Tricks Made Me a Calmer Person”

Nail That First Line!

Laura Drake talks about why the first line of a book is important. Stephen King reflected on the magnitude of a novel’s introductory sentence. “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story,” he said. “It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Preach it, Steve.  I’m notContinue reading “Nail That First Line!”

Contests & Awards for Writers

Have you ever gone down a rabbit hole looking for contests and awards to submit your written work to? Carolyn Niethammer has compiled a list to help you on your research journey.

Advanced Craft Tips

Laura Drake discusses points relating to the difference between a good writer and a popular writer. I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at the craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, butContinue reading “Advanced Craft Tips”

Audiobooks Sell

An insight into the production and marketing surrounding audiobooks from guest bloggers Marcia and Jory Rosen. The audiobook market is one of the fastest-growing segments of the publishing industry. According to the Audio Publishers Association, it grew an estimated 24.5% from 2017 to 2018.This included self-published authors and small publishers who access numerous marketing actionsContinue reading “Audiobooks Sell”