Writer’s Digest, guest post is by Chuck Wendig. Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the … More 15 Ways to Earn Your Audience as a Writer
Writer’s Digest, Emily Sweet, Guest Column, March 8, 2017 The changing literary and book publishing landscape makes it difficult for new authors to breakout. A plethora of new distribution formats, especially focused on self-publishing, opens brand new avenues for writers to get noticed, but also makes it incredibly easy to get lost in the sea of … More 10 Ways First-Time Writers Can Get Noticed on Social Media
I am reblogging this post for good reason. I am reading books, lately, that don’t seem to have cogent descriptions and left me wondering: what’s it all about? How interesting and telling are most book descriptions? Most are not at all. Maybe there should be professional book description writers. Reading a book description … More Deciphering Book Descriptions
INTERVIEW WITH SANDRA WOFFINGTON, author of Evil Speaks, book #1 in the Warriors and Watchers Saga, an epic mythological fantasy series released February 2017 Early reviews: “Be prepared to be engrossed! Between the awesome fight scenes, in-depth characters, and all the creatures, your son or daughter won’t want to put this book down! . . … More EVIL SPEAKS – An Interview With Author S. Woffington
I believe that in order to tell a story well, it depends most specifically on a point of view. What Point-of-View do you think meets your style of writing most often or does it all depend on the story you are writing? Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building … More Point of View
COME TO A MEMORY Joab’s Story/Lila’s Story Come to a Memory, by Francis Webb, is an extraordinary read. It feels genuine and real. I felt like I was reading a true story from the viewpoint of a little nine-year-old girl, named Lila. America was barely edging out of the depression era and nerves stretched thin by the … More A Review for an Extraordinary Story
I was working on my second edition of a middle grade novel when my editor told me that I should be careful about using foreshadowing to liberally. It was my writing technique to include foreshadowing at the end of each chapter, if needed. In fact, she eliminated, in each chapter, all but one of my … More Foreshadowing – how much is too much?
3 SECRETS TO GREAT STORYTELLING as presented on Writer’s Digest. I found this article by Steven James helpful in forming the structure of scenes. (this is a re-blogging from 2014 but I thought it deserved a revival now, because it is simple, straightforward, and to the point.) As a novelist and writing instructor, I’ve noticed … More Three Secrets to Great Storytelling!
“If Donald Trump can undercut America’s trust in all media, he then starts to own them and can start to literally implant his own version of reality.” http://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/some-experts-say-trump-team-s-falsehoods-are-classic-gaslighting-n711021 “The behavior has all the signs of “gaslighting”, says clinical psychologist Bryant Welch, who wrote a 2008 book entitled “State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault … More The GasLighting of America!
Last April I decided to enter the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I was hesitant because there are many great writers out there and who do I think I am anyway to even try to compete with these accomplished writers. I had no expectations of winning – heavens no. … More GARRETT’S BONES – A Surprising Commentary from Writer’s Digest!