I am not a fan of drama. However, against my better judgement, I took the advice Les Edgerton gives in Hooked and rented Thelma & Louise in order to learn about how to create a "proper" inciting incident and the resulting escalating conflicts. I wish I could say the movie pleasantly surprised me, but it didn't. … Continue reading 6 Links For Creating Better Characters
I sometimes wonder how other writers develop their books. Do they plan it all out from the beginning so nothing's a surprise? Do they "fly by the seat of their pants" and just begin writing? Do they write in bits and pieces, then somehow put it all together like a puzzle? There could be as … Continue reading From Glimmers to Guts: 7 Steps to Self-Publishing
Okay, so I maybe putting the cart before the horse, but I believe in getting a head start when I can. I'm only about half finished with my second book (first draft!) and I've been considering cover art. Why? Because you only get about 8 seconds to entice a prospective reader to take the time … Continue reading I’m No Artist, But…
Hello, fine readers! Just a short post to ask a question. I've been reading that a few authors post first drafts of books as they write them and the first chapters of their books that have been published. So, here's my question: do you think posting first drafts and final first chapters is a good idea?
We have the flu at our house, so this will be just a short post (and probably a bit scattered in its organization, so I apologize). I hope to write more on the subject at a later date. Perhaps by then I'll have tried all the techniques suggested in the following links and will be … Continue reading Marketing For The Indie Author