It’s Christmas Day in Australia. Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 From A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens: “A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!” Which all the family re-echoed. “God bless us every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
When you’re writing fiction, you’re making up stories — telling lies in order to engage your readers. In essence, you’re using tricks, inspiring readers to experience your story. Tricks make your fiction feel real to readers. A major trick involves binding your characters into your novel’s setting. “Real” characters are bound into their setting as tightly as threads are woven… View Post
Longing for the halcyon days of self-publishing? A few years back, you could publish, and sell, without concerning yourself with pesky activities like book marketing. Boost your self-publishing business with novellas and series Last week a coaching client and I were going over her proposed publishing schedule for 2019. She suddenly said: “I’ve no idea what’s happening these days. Novels… View Post
Looking for information for writers that you can use? Here’s what I’ve found valuable this week — you may find a nugget or two here as well. Great stuff for writers… The problem with the web is that there’s just so much stuff. If you’re at all like me, you save articles to read “later.” Then you delete the bookmark… View Post
Creating characters is my favorite activity when I’m writing fiction. Invariably, if you’re having problems with a novel, there’s a big chance that you need to assess your characters. Bored by your characters? Get enthusiastic. Make them outrageous — more on that in a moment. Readers read novels for the characters. They read classic novels like Pride & Prejudice for… View Post