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Why Should You Join a Writing Community?

Writing is hard, but it can be easier if you’re not doing it alone. Eileen Cook is here to share 5 reasons why you should join a group. Writing may be a solo journey, but a writing community can make … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing & Critiques, Guest Post, Writing Groups | 2 Comments

Story Resolutions: Mastering the Happy-Sad Ending

Very often, it’s the ending of a story that sticks with us—because it’s our last memory of it, our most recent emotional connection. So nailing the ending is important. This is why I was so excited when Gilbert Bassey reached … Continue reading

Posted in Character Arc, Characters, Emotion, Endings, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 14 Comments

5 Tips for Writing Stellar Romantic Subplots

Does your story contain a romantic subplot? They can be tricky to write well while not allowing them to take over the main plot line. Savannah Cordova is back with some tips on how to whip them into shape. As … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Romance, Story Structure, Writing Craft | 3 Comments

How to Evoke Emotions with Book Cover Design

We all know the importance of book covers in helping readers choose books. So what separates an engaging cover from one that potential buyers pass by? Would you be surprised if I said that emotion was part of the equation? … Continue reading

Posted in Book Covers, Emotion, Marketing | 15 Comments

Does Your Story Idea Need a Makeover? Try Cratedigging

Not all story ideas are winners. But they could be, if they only had that spark of originality and relevance to make them stand out. The irony is that the unique angle you’re looking for may require you to borrow … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Story Ideas, Writing Craft | 5 Comments

4 Ways to Fix a Boring Story

Is your story boring? Would you know or acknowledge it if it was? No one wants to admit that their story is slow, lackluster, or zzzzz. But hey, that’s what critique partners and editors are for. If recent feedback makes … Continue reading

Posted in Character Arc, Character Flaws, Characters, Conflict, Empathy, Guest Post, Pacing, Reader Feedback, Rejection, Writing Craft | 15 Comments

Why You Should Be Excerpting Your Novel

Have you ever been flipping through a magazine and found an excerpt from a book, maybe one you’d never read? And did reading that short passage make you want to read more, prompting you to go looking for the book? … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Short Stories | 2 Comments