Category Archives: Reading

Theme Made Simple

Let’s talk about theme, shall we? No, don’t run away. I know it can be hard to understand and even harder to do well, but theme plays such a huge part in writing a story that resonates with readers. Luckily, Daeus … Continue reading

Posted in Reader Interest, Theme, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 6 Comments

Writing By Design Part 2: Pattern and Repetition

In my previous installment, I introduced you to writing by design and how you can use techniques from the visual arts to inform your writing. In particular, we looked at the concept of space and how the finite nature of … Continue reading

Posted in Experiments, Reader Interest, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Subtext, Uncategorized, Writing Lessons | 8 Comments

Three Powerful Techniques To Harness A Reader’s Curiosity

Psychology has spent over a century studying human behavior; our emotions, thoughts, needs and wants, what draws us in and what pushes us away. This means psychology can teach us a lot about our stories, our characters, and how to … Continue reading

Posted in Empathy, Reader Interest, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized | 18 Comments

The Write Life: How To Enjoy Summer and Still Be Productive

When you live in a place like Canada where summer can be, er, fleeting, you feel enormous pressure to get outside and DO STUFF. And heck, no matter where you live, summer is a time to be with family, enjoy … Continue reading

Posted in Business Plan, Contests, Focus, Reading, Revision and Editing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 16 Comments

We’re In This Together: How To Help Other Authors Succeed

A common query Becca and I get is, “Why do you do what you do?” It’s a fair question, because in order for us to coach writers through our books, speaking, and our One Stop for Writers site, we’ve had … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Buying Books, Marketing, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized | 33 Comments

Hand-Selling: How to Kill It at Book and Comic Conventions

Happy to welcome author Andy Peloquin back to the blog–he’s got some tips for in-person events where book selling comes with the territory, so read on! Comic Conventions, Book Festivals, Book Signings, and other similar events are the best way … Continue reading

Posted in Buying Books, Guest Post, Marketing, Promotion, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude | 18 Comments

Five Ways to Help Your Favorite Authors

So, as you may have heard, Angela and I have published the next books in our thesaurus series: The Urban Setting Thesaurus and The Rural Setting Thesaurus. Though we’ve been through this process twice already, it’s been almost 3 years since … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Marketing, Promotion, Setting Thesaurus Guides, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Win, Win, Win! Stuff Your Stocking With Writerly Goodies

Becca and I love the holiday season–everything is colorful and cheery, the house is filled with cinnamon and ginger as we flex up our baking muscles, and we get to take time to tell you just what you mean to … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Buying Books, One Stop For Writers, Reading, Stocking Stuffers, Uncategorized | 105 Comments

Mastering Words: Ways to Evolve as a Writer

Each day, we seek to put our best foot forward. We shower, dress for the day’s activities, style our hair. We plan, organize, gather our things, and check the mirror before leaving, making sure to pluck stray fluff off our … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Critique Groups, Focus, Reading, Time Management, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Lessons, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 20 Comments

Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 2: What We Can Do As Authors

In case you missed it, I posted last week about the decline of reading among kids (particularly teens), and how we could head that off at home. Some good ideas were generated, and I came away from the discussion with a particularly … Continue reading

Posted in MG & Kidlit, Reading | 9 Comments