Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Remember the post on writing advice, readers? The one that discussed “sound bites” as a means of offering guidance to aspiring writers? As someone who has had more difficulty cutting through and understanding such “sound bites” than she cares to recall, this author decided to provide future writers with some insights to help ease them … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Reposted: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)

Check out this great post by K.M. Weiland, readers! Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink) We often hear it said that “everyone wants to write a book.” Although we may find a certain amount of comforting inclusiveness in this idea, I think we also sometimes respond to it with at least … Continue reading Reposted: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)

Reposted: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist

Take a look at this excellent piece by author Kai Wai Cheah, readers: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist Babylon Red was my first attempt at writing a novel-length work anchored by a female protagonist. Unlike other modern fiction, I sought to write a female character, not a man with breasts. She had to think, talk, act … Continue reading Reposted: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist

Reposted: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically

Take a look at this fascinating piece, readers: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically By Rachel Evans   “The hero sobbed piteously over the corpse of her mentor, swearing to avenge him. After an hour of weeping, she wiped her eyes and returned to saving the world, setting her sadness aside until needed again at … Continue reading Reposted: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically

Reposted: How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List

Take a look at this helpful article, readers! How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List One of the most essential steps you’ll ever take when preparing for your book launch and starting your career as a serious author is your email subscription list. Having a good, strong, dependable email list of actively engaged … Continue reading Reposted: How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List

Reposted: 7 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Writing

Check out this great piece by K.M. Weiland, readers: 7 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Writing It’s a question I’ve received countless times from readers over the years—and one I’ve found myself asking of late as well: How do you stop overthinking your writing? Writers are often known as thinkers. Indeed, we’re often proud of … Continue reading Reposted: 7 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Writing