3 Great Tools To Increase Writing Productivity

There’s a lot of information in the world telling writers they have to write more to be successful. While it’s true that, the bigger your backlist the more money you’ll bring in, creating that mountain takes time. The more time it takes, the more disillusioned you may feel. If you’re like me, you’re schedule is … Continue reading 3 Great Tools To Increase Writing Productivity

10 Writing Craft Books And Blog Posts

There are so many great writing craft books and blog posts out there I just had to do my first monthly mash-up focusing on those. The following are some of my favorite books, in no particular order: Writing craft books: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland -- Brenda shows us that no writing … Continue reading 10 Writing Craft Books And Blog Posts

3 Nifty Apps to Organize and Store Ideas

The need to organize your thoughts and store new ideas isn't just a writer's thing. I find myself needing to capture ideas for all kinds of things, as does DH (who knew there were so many Star Wars hobby ideas? 🙂 ). If you're cruising the 'net on your laptop or smartphone and come across … Continue reading 3 Nifty Apps to Organize and Store Ideas

Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

What makes you uncomfortable with or defensive about your story is worth looking at closely for two reasons: 1) it could be a hidden gem, or 2) it could be a little darling. Hidden Gems Sometimes as we write our subconscious seeds our stories with hidden gems, like how or where your protagonist will find the answer to his … Continue reading Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

Editing With or Without a Budget

Editing. Possibly one of the most loathed words in a writer's vocabulary. It's a necessary evil, but with the right tools and some help from people who understand what you're doing you won't need to put it under getting a root canal on your to-do list. The first thing you need to do is to … Continue reading Editing With or Without a Budget

13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

As if learning the craft of writing a novel isn't difficult enough, after it's finished you'll need to edit it. If you're going to be traditionally published, you'll probably work with an editing staff to make your work marketable. But before it gets to that point, you have to get it past the slush pile … Continue reading 13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training

I've blogged about using a training budget before, but sometimes you may find your budget is hovering around $0. What do you do then? Spend time trolling through other author's blogs, especially those who offer eBooks (and other types of media) covering topics you're interested in, and prowling over social media networks. There are three … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training