Interesting Articles

March 24, 2017

An in-depth review of Legend

Legend's first and so far only review comes from the person who helped it mature as a beta reader. Does this invalidate the review in any way? No, because I didn't compensate her for her help or the review in any way. And she didn't see the final copy until it was published.
January 25, 2017

How Goins’ 5-draft method probably saved my writing and sanity

Back in July 2016, I thought I had found the perfect method for writing a book.Then I realized it didn't take into consideration the difference between one paragraph ideas and those that turn into a couple of pages, if not whole chapters. Jeff Goins' 5-draft method doesn't compress things and has the flexibility to accommodate existing material. It also has cool words that actually describe how to treat something.
January 13, 2017

Should authors have a blog? – Tim Grahl

Asking yourself if you need to start or continue a blog when thinking about your author platform is definitely the wrong place to start. It creates excuses. You and your blog need a purpose.
October 27, 2016

7 Things Professional Writers Know That Amateurs Don’t — Goins, Writer

What determines if someone is a professional or amateur writer? In his post, Jeff Goins outlines seven points (and an eighth, if you look real hard at the intro) of what differentiates one from the other. After reading the article, I decided I'm somewhere in between.
October 17, 2016

The Popcorn Theory of Writing

"You put a lot of popcorn kernels in and you heat it up," Kevin J. Andrews said in an interview on The Creative Penn, "But you never know at any one time which popcorn kernel is going to pop or which direction it’s going to fly." For authors, each kernel is a book. Which one is going to pop is the biggest question.
September 10, 2016

How I Need to Keep Writing Every Day

How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me because the author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
July 9, 2016

Surviving Art: It’s Harder than You Think! — Andy Peloquin

I have to fight my brain every day. It tells me I should concentrate on making money, forget about writing. It'll say that writing is nothing but a waste of time. To that, I saw oh contre. It's helped me express myself in time of great grief and tragedy, it's given me the ability to vent when I couldn't yet. It's let me be me to complete strangers when personal interaction gives me trouble cause I'm worried about how they are judging me.
March 31, 2015

Book promotion is no longer just about social media

If you don’t mind all the dings and dongs of people entering and leaving the call, Free Call for Self-Publishing Success Academy has some pretty valuable information on […]
March 3, 2015

How big is your mammoth?

Thanks to Twitter, I came across Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think and went “Hey, waitaminute, this is talking about me and […]
December 19, 2014

When real life becomes a novel

I was perusing the Net tonight looking for stuff I could put on Twitter, and possibly Facebook, to keep my social presence at least somewhat lukewarm […]
May 27, 2014

Why People Hate Blogging (and How to Make It Better)

See on – Writing and Publishing It’s not hard to find yourself in a love/hate relationship with blogging. Sure, you know it’s a great way […]
April 27, 2014

WriteIntoPrint: Self Editing 4 Fiction ~ #2 Show AND Tell

See on – Writing and Publishing Contrary to the “Show Don’t Tell” sound bite circulating nowadays, the formula for creating an absorbing novel is a proportionate and […]
April 6, 2014

Writing For Recycle Bin! — Life Tips. — Medium

See on – Writing and Publishing The act of writing is a discovery process. During which the writer keeps on learning new things all the […]
April 4, 2014

Amy Raby: Five Things I Learned Writing Prince’s Fire

See on – Writing and Publishing As the sister of the Kjallan emperor, Celeste cannot choose where to bestow her heart…. The imperial princess has […]
May 12, 2013

Practical Self-Help

I don’t believe in the current mumbo jumbo of all you need to do is “think and you will change things in your life” or “your […]
July 20, 2012

5 Toxic Beliefs That Ruin Careers

I love it when something on Twitter leads to an article that makes me stop and think. In today’s case, it’s about 5 Toxic Beliefs That […]