The Social Media Beast Requires Regular Feeding

In this day and age we authors have to put ourselves out there, hanging weightless in cyberspace with multiple tentacles dangling into the ether. We need a "platform". We've got to have an "online presence". It's necessary to "network". Because this day and age is "cruel". No? Just me thinking that? Anyways. *nervous cough* There [...]

Learn to Write Well by . . . Watching Movies?

Wait, what? Did I seriously just tell you to sit down and waste time watching a form of media that has nothing to do with meeting your word count goals? . . . yes. With some caveats. I don't mean "watch a movie every day" or "ignore your writing to watch your favorite film" or [...]

Add Pre-Writing the Query Copy to Your Author Toolbox

I accept the concept of a muse wholeheartedly. However old-fashioned it might be, it's a theory I like. My muse, however, does not resemble a lovely Greek statue. My muse is more like a kaleidoscope of butterflies, constantly circling my head. Only these delicate beauties carry ten pound cannonballs, which they like to release on [...]

The Hammer of Ban*

*And no, "Ban" is not an up-cycled traditional French men's name. I literally mean "ban" as in "refuse access" New self-hosted website, new world, brave new problems. So far I have been extremely lucky in the troll department *knocks on wood*. Mostly because my site is very small, possibly because the tiny niche of aspiring [...]

Tell Me How to Show

Do you know how to tell, at a glance, that you're dealing with a new, inexperienced author? Telling. When the writing is chock-a-block full of telling, it's a gargantuan, neon clue blaring out: This author is still learning. This author is hacking out the diamonds of good prose with pick and chisel, one cold nugget [...]

Write All The Tropes

I spend a lot of time over at Books Rock My World bashing on tropes. And yes, they do deserve a bashing. Overused or done with a heavy hand, tropes smother and choke a story. Poking holes in them doesn't mean that I dislike tropes, however! They are classic for a reason. Having that feeling [...]