What Readers Want…and What They Don’t
I asked “super” readers two simple questions: What keeps you turning pages when reading a novel? What makes you stop reading a book before the end? I think their answers might surprise you…
How to Write Amazing Action Scenes (Part 1 of 2)
Nothing gets a reader's palms sweating, nerves tingling, and heart racing like a well-crafted action scene. Even if you don't write thrillers, don't let that stop you from including a jaw-dropping action sequence in your next novel. Now I know some of you might be...
How Getting The Facts Straight Will Make Your Writing Soar
Details matter. Getting the facts right provides a framework of authenticity for your novel and getting them wrong will turn readers off. Learn from Ward Larsen how to keep your facts straight and make your writing soar.
“Where Do You Get Your Ideas?” Okay, I’ll tell you!
by Brian Andrews Of all the questions published authors are asked by aspiring writers and readers one query solicits eye-rolls above all others and it is: "Where do you get your ideas?" Some of you might be wondering why this question is infamous in author...
The Art of the Twist – How to Shock, Surprise & Satisfy Your Readers
The Art of the Twist - How to Shock, Surprise, & Satisfy Your Readers by Brian Andrews "Oh my God, I didn't see that coming!" If that's that title of your novel's top Amazon review then you know you did your job. But pulling off an effective twist in a mystery or...
The Thrill of the Pace: Creating a book that readers can’t put down
With every book he writes, Boyd Morrison’s goal is to keep the reader from ever finding a comfortable spot to put the book down. If you want your readers to say to themselves, “Just one more chapter before I go to sleep,” then check out Boyd’s tips in his post the THRILL OF THE PACE.
How to Beat Writer’s Block – 7 Tips from the Trenches
Writer’s block got you grounded? Try these practical tips to help you get your wings back and soar!
Getting Words on the Page: Writing Sprint Exercises
The goal is simple: increasing our speed in getting words onto the page. There are as many ways to do writing sprints as there are ways to run or jog. In this post, Glen Erik Hamilton describes key concepts and exercises to help you GET WORDS ON THE PAGE!
Protagonist Plug & Play — A Simple Approach to Character Crafting
Select key personality traits to define your protagonist’s inner self. These qualities are important because they drive every decision your character makes. They influence dialogue, internal monologue, and how your character responds to crisis, conflict, and change.
COLLABORATE & SUCCEED
By collaborating, their productivity and sales skyrocketed compared to what they were accomplishing as solo authors. In this blog post, Navy veterans Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson talk about their partnership and offer real-world advice to aspiring authors on how to Collaborate & Succeed.
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