A Stubborn Writer

When I first started writing, I shouted from the rooftops that I was a pantster. I wrote from the seat of my pants, without an outline or character profiles. This was how I did it, and no one was going to tell me otherwise. In a sense, this made me unfaithful to the craft of writing. All writers have their […]

Spank You Very Much!

This is a repost from 2016. Promotional tips can always be revisited. The foibles of promoting can hurt an unknown author. Let’s face it, majority of writers dislike promoting and marketing their works. We’d much rather write than shout out In the past, I’ve wanted to help other authors promote their works. Not only did it expose my own publishing […]

Preparations for National Novel Writing Month

Since November is approaching, I thought I’d repost this for National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who want to be writers, November is a perfect time to put your writing skills to the test. It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I thought I’d give you some pointers on the site and writing. National Novel Writing Month is […]

A Critical Eye

As writers, we all understand the foibles of juggling family, life, and writing, which leads to difficulty finding new perspectives. Fresh eyes on our works helps us grow as writers. This is why it’s important to find a critique group, partner, or pay for the service. It’s part of the writing process, and if you plan on publishing, an important […]

How To Keep Your Readers Up At Night

Today we have a guest post by Shannon O’Hara. Shannon was kind enough to share her insight into how to create a book for loss of sleep and dark circles under the eyes. Please help me give a warm welcome to Shannon. As a writer, you want to make an addictive book, which will keep your readers up at night, […]

4 Tips to Writing a Book Blurb

You have readers picking up your book because of its awesome cover. Now you need a blurb to capture their attention and pique their interest. Know Your Genre 1) It’s easy to think of your book as unique—that it doesn’t fit into one genre—and most likely you’re right. Even so, there’s always a main genre presence within your book. This […]

A Guide to Self-Publishing on Amazon

We all have that story to tell, and then when we’re finished, we have no idea where to go from there. Because of my naiveté, I signed a contract with my editor at the time, who was starting her own company and paid a lot of money. Waste of money and I didn’t get it back. I fired her, learned […]

Which type of reader and/or writer are you?

It’s been some time since I’ve talked about writing. This year, I have stepped back from it to focus on other facets of my life. But, writing is what started my past and present blogs. It’s also something I still do without taking it seriously… for now. Through years of discussions with other writers and reading, I’ve come to the […]

I Want to Be a Writer!

I belong to several writing groups on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads. The groups have a mixture of beginners and experienced writers with many questions and conversations regarding new writers’ concerns. I thought I’d tackle some of the postings that I’ve come across, and see if I can clarify a few things for the newbies who want to become writers. This […]