Guest Post: The 3 Steps to Writing Heaven

... or, Why Everything You’re Doing to Write More & Better is Wrong. Writing is hard. This is what we tell ourselves, over and over. Apply backside to chair. Force yourself to write. Don’t be tempted to do something more interesting. Writers write. This makes it tough for us mere humans, who feel guilt and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Why Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?

The answer to the question of whether being an active reader will make you a better writer won’t be news to most authors – it’s advice we’ve all been given on many occasions. But why does reading make you a better writer? How much should you read if you want to get the most benefit? [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|6 Comments

Writers: Get Organized, Get Productive, Get Happy!

Roald Dahl had a shed at the bottom of his garden. Agatha Christie went to luxury hotels. Jack Kerouac probably sat at a bar with a bottle of scotch. Wherever it is, a writer needs a space to call their own. For many of us, that will involve repurposing part of our home, rather than [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Writer's Life|1 Comment

Are You Waiting for Inspiration?

The search for inspiration is part of a writer’s life. Just like any other creative person, sometimes the fresh ideas flow freely, while at other times it seems like we’ve used up all the inspiration we’re going to get for this lifetime. But just how does inspiration work? According to the late, great Terry Pratchett: [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Guest Post: The Top 9 Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book

Publishing a new book is probably one of the most nerve-wracking and satisfying moments of a writer’s life. Every author must have felt it – the fulfillment, the pride, that special type of anxiety roiling in your stomach. All the results of your hard – but well worth it – work. But before you rush [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Self Publishing|1 Comment

Subplots: The Connective Tissue That Holds Your Story Together

What use are subplots? You have a story to tell, and any good novel is supposed to stay laser-focused on what really matters, isn’t it? Naturally, yes, it is – but that doesn’t mean that subplots are complete detours from the main event, or lazy distractions designed solely to pad out your word count. Instead, [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments