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WRITING CRAFT: SHOWING VS. TELLING DECODED

WRITING CRAFT: SHOWING VS. TELLING DECODED

If you've ever had any sort of writing instruction at any time in your life, you heard the advice to show and not tell. But what exactly does “show, don’t tell” even mean? Let’s see if we can unravel the mystery for you. Read and think about the following short,...

IMPOSTER SYNDROME – MY STORY

IMPOSTER SYNDROME – MY STORY

You may have heard of imposter syndrome, which is essentially that you feel like a fraud and that you don’t deserve the praise you get because you’re not as good as people think you are. It can also be a fear that one day people are going to wake up and realize that...

DEFINE YOUR WHY TO STAY MOTIVATED FOR BOOK MARKETING

DEFINE YOUR WHY TO STAY MOTIVATED FOR BOOK MARKETING

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated when marketing books, especially when it gets toward the end of the year with all of the holiday preparations, family get-togethers, and so many other things taking our attention. And this is fine. I see nothing wrong with...

THREE STEPS TO CREATING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND

THREE STEPS TO CREATING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND

When working with branding for book marketing, there are essentially three steps to follow. Define Your Brand Whether you like it or not, people are going to form opinions about you and your writing, thereby defining your brand. So why not do your best to steer those...

BOOK MARKETING: FREEBIE READER MAGNETS

BOOK MARKETING: FREEBIE READER MAGNETS

Have you heard that you should be giving something away for free so that readers will give you their email addresses, but you’re not sure what to give? You don’t want to proverbially let them milk the cow for free without ever buying it. Or maybe you only have one...

BUTT IN CHAIR – IT APPLIES TO EDITING, TOO

BUTT IN CHAIR – IT APPLIES TO EDITING, TOO

I’m sure you’ve heard the biggest challenge to getting your book drafted is to actually get fingers to keyboard and get it out of your head. But did you know that this applies to revisions and editing as well?  And sometimes it can be even harder to get back to work...

FIND A LOCAL CONNECTION FOR IN-PERSON APPEARANCES

FIND A LOCAL CONNECTION FOR IN-PERSON APPEARANCES

I have been doing signings, readings, and presentations for several years now, and I’ve had by far the best results when what I was peddling had some sort of connection to the location where I appeared. I’ve noticed that attendees gravitate toward other authors’ books...

A BRIEF REVIEW OF GRAMMARLY

A BRIEF REVIEW OF GRAMMARLY

I have been using Grammarly for a couple of years now. For the most part, I have found it useful. I used it the most as the Chrome extension when I was line editing short articles for my local school district’s e-newsletter and social media. It helped me to catch...

WRITING CRAFT BOOK REVIEW – SAVE THE CAT BY BLAKE SNYDER

WRITING CRAFT BOOK REVIEW – SAVE THE CAT BY BLAKE SNYDER

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder has been on my to-read list for quite a while. I don’t have any particular aspirations to write screenplays, but I know learning about writing from all different viewpoints is helpful,...

SAVE CASH WITH BETA READERS

SAVE CASH WITH BETA READERS

Occasionally, someone will ask me if I can read their work and “tell them what I think.” Though I love writers and readers, unfortunately, I don’t have time to read everything that’s put in front of me. Plus, I realize that what they are usually asking for is a...

PLANTING EVIDENCE IN MYSTERIES

PLANTING EVIDENCE IN MYSTERIES

I touched on this topic when writing about storyboarding a long time ago, but I thought it might be helpful to your writing craft to add more detail, hence this post. When writing mysteries, you are likely going to have lots of evidence you need to bring into your...