It’s Still Short Story Weather

Have you noticed the sun setting earlier? Are leaves already starting to turn color in your neck of the woods? It’s hard to believe the summer has crept into its final weeks. Soon the seasons will change from baseball to football. Good gravy, it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo! But as far as I’m concerned, any time can be shorts weather. Let’s see what Stephen King says on writing short stories:

No, I’m not one of those crazy polar bears who swims half naked on New Year’s Day. Rather, I’m talking about short stories. I’ve spent much of my summer vacation from my work-in-progress by taking week-long trips with new characters. And when I haven’t been writing them, I’ve been reading them.…

Knock Your Readers Socks Off – 5 Easy Ways to Create Characters

Five Easy Ways to Create Characters That Will Knock Your Readers Socks Off, Dazzle Agents, Woo Editors, and Won’t Be Soon Forgotten:
First off, take a good, long, hard look at your characters.

Are they layered? Are they multi-dimensional? Are they the kind of character that becomes so real they can walk right off the page and cozy up in the memories of your readers?
And the big question: Can your characters sell your stories or are they holding you back, getting you rejected, and you don’t even know it?
For me, the characters in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible were so real that at times I had to remind myself that they were not, in fact, real and that they were simply made up. Fiction. These characters and their depth is something I strive for in my own work.
Let’s take a peek at how we can make our own characters so real we forget we made them up. And for a splash of fun, we’ll use Cosmo Kramer from the old hit show Seinfeld as an example.…

Anchor Scenes For A Good Story Structure

In my heart of hearts, I am a plotter. The problem is that, in my brain of brains, I have a sadly inconsistent grasp of story structure.

Pure pantsing, in which I attempt to write while having no idea what my characters are moving towards, leaves me floundering and paralyzed; trying to articulate every twist and turn of the story before I start to write, however, makes me break into a sweat as I contemplate the (inevitable) gaping holes in my imagination. I need an approach to a story that protects me from the feeling of being in free-fall while helping me to tolerate (and even embrace) all the stuff I don’t yet know about What Happens Next and Why.…

I Could Write a Book About That… Advice for Prospective Authors

This post, admittedly, is a small departure but will probably be of some interest to the elite type of readership we have. Here is some advice from a few well-respected international writers:

Sure, there are brilliant authors, talented editors, and leading publishers. And sometimes, there are teachers that have been avid professional readers and have engaged in classroom research and has developed some methods or ideas that may be publishable. Their question is – “how do I determine if my idea is publishable and if so, what then?”
The value of anything be it your car or your book idea is determined by the market. Although your market will ultimately be your colleagues around the country, you will first have to get the approval of a smaller “market” – acquisition editors. I suggest that you become generally familiar with the kind of books that your target publishers produce and decide which ones make the best fit.…

Is Studying Abroad Worth It?

Today I would like to talk about an alternative option of getting educated. There are many ways of getting a proper education from attending online, free GED courses, you can try the website Best GED Classes and get an HSE (high school equivalency) certificate instead of high school diploma to even getting an education abroad. Education has crossed many boundaries, including those of many countries.

Today, students travel thousands of kilometers to a country of their choice to study specific majors and gain better exposure and experience.
There are a number of points that can be a decider on whether or not your choice of the country can prove to be the best for you. Therefore, before deciding on any country to travel to for your educational purposes, consider a few points like:…

5 Things They All Say To First-Time Authors

I was thrilled last month to sign a contract with a publisher to publish my first romantic suspense novel under the pen name, Angela Evans. The reactions I have received from friends and family as I share my news has been varied, and yet still followed a predictable path. Check out also this video with great tips for aspiring writers:

So let’s see what they all have to say. I’ve compiled a list which inspired this post. Enjoy!

  • I should write a book! This response has generally come from the people you would categorize as “least likely to ever write a book.” I’m not sure if writing and publishing a book sounds like easy money to them, or if they just think if I can do it anyone can do it. Maybe anyone can do it, (after all I did), but I can promise you it’s far from easy money. More like pour every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears you have into creating a story on the page and then hope someone buys it so you can prove to your family you weren’t really just wasting time. Or avoiding them. Or both.

Amazon: A Friend Or Foe For Writers And Publishers?

I’ll be honest—I’m not a trendsetter. At least not when it comes to the publishing revolution. I’m cautious. I like to spend a lot of time gathering facts, weighing options, learning from those more opinionated and in-the-know than I. One thing I do know is that Amazon’s name is on everyone’s lips these days—a result of Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace, and their newest publishing imprints. This is great! Isn’t it?

I’m not totally sold, to be honest. Let me tell you why.

I used to be completely intimidated by the thought of publishing directly through Amazon KDP. I can do a fair amount with my computer, and I love learning new things, but formatting and creating an eBook seemed like a rather daunting task.…

How To Keep Your Writing Functional And Fashionable

Fake pockets are the bane of my fashionable existence. Nothing’s worse than going to stash my bank card or chapstick, only to encounter resistance. No pocket for you! It’s a disappointment, to say the least. Words can scarcely describe the letdown. Don’t let this same thing happen in your writing! You should be aware of Fake Pocket Syndrome (FPS), to avoid irritating your readers and turning them off of your story.

Fake pockets promise, but don’t deliver. So your hero is a tough manly man who finds himself relying on the aid of a sultry vixen to accomplish his mission. The entire book is rife with sexual tension, but in the end, the two shake hands and part ways like old drinking buddies. I call FPS!…

I Wrote That Book about GED Prep and Lists

Last week, I drank a lot of coffee. This week, I have drunk a significant amount less. No reason for it, it’s just the way life has happened this week.

I have reached a point in this week – Tuesday, I know – where I’m already exhausted. I have been sitting here for a while, on my couch, watching internet videos when I probably should have been doing homework. I’m lacking motivation, though, and I have also had a strong desire lately to create something new. To write a new post, or book, or song, or scream in a video or something, but there is never any time. Work, school, work, school, homework, work, school, maybe sleep, repeat.…

How To Be Creative In Handwriting

Creative writing exercises are not just for children learning to handwrite for the first time. Adults can definitely benefit from practicing a few new approaches to handwriting. If you want to improve the appearance of your writing, you should learn a few exercises that can quickly get you on the right track, whether you want to translate your skills into a career or just yearn to have more legible handwriting.

Use Creative Writing Exercises to Break Bad Habits
Believe it or not, you should not be letting your fingers do most of the work when you write. Instead, you should more so be using other muscle groups, such as your shoulders and forearms. Moving these areas of the body more than your fingers can create a greater flow as you write, rather than sloppy scrawls on the page. Most people assume their fingers should do be doing most of the “heavy lifting” in handwriting, but putting the shoulders and forearms to work while writing should create a more elegant result.…