Do I Really Need to Write Everyday?

K. M. Weiland Debates the Pros and Cons of Writing Every Day. Do You Have to Write Every Day? 10 Pros and Cons Should writers make it a habit to write every day? Is that the secret to success? Is that what distinguishes “real” writers? I used to think so. Often, when someone would askContinue reading “Do I Really Need to Write Everyday?”

Social Media Executor, Say What?

Anne R. Allen recently wrote in one of her blogs about the loss of a good friend. After not hearing from her frined in a while, she went to social media, only to find the FB page “had been gutted”. Having previously written about the topic, Anne returns us to the reasons why a SocialContinue reading “Social Media Executor, Say What?”

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”

Do You Really Need Social Media?

Why Most Authors Don’t Need Social Media in 2022 When authors think about promoting their book, their minds usually go directly to one method of promotion: social media. But social media networks change so quickly. The advice you received at a writers conference in 2019 doesn’t necessarily work in 2022. Even the best social mediaContinue reading “Do You Really Need Social Media?”

The Stories Maps Can Tell

Guest Blogger, Vicki Felmlee’s Research Leads to a Treasure Trove of Information. How often have you, as a writer, had an idea or a theory about something and after diving into old journals, maps, and newspaper articles you discover you were right, that “Eureka!” moment.  About 10 years ago I was researching the historic (pre-1850)Continue reading “The Stories Maps Can Tell”

Choosing a Book Title

Anne R. Allen’s blog discussion: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Book Title in the Internet Age. I’ve blogged before with tips on choosing a book title, but recently I’ve become aware of a few other things we need to consider in the age of online bookselling. I ruminated about titles over the holidays, whenContinue reading “Choosing a Book Title”