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Author Privacy — How Much Should You Share with Readers?

Authors used to be able to hide behind a pleasant air of mystery, but that won’t get most writers very far with readers nowadays. They want to know your true self, not a persona. In today’s busy world, we ask a lot of our fans. We want their time to interact online, read our books, and help promote us. Are details of your personal life too much for readers to ask? Maybe, and maybe not. Continue Reading>>

Writing a Novel in Scenes

Simply stating the events that transpire throughout a manuscript does not a story make.  Substituting narrative summary for a scene is a common writing error.  This writing mistake is surprisingly easy to make. A vivid imagination can be both a blessing and curse. Have you ever filled out a scene in your mind only to field a slew of questions from critique partners who can’t picture it? Continue Reading>>

Set a Winning Story Tone

What would The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien be without an oppressive aura, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum sans its yearning pathos, and Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist with no melancholy? A novel’s story tone can make or break it’s emotional appeal for readers. Given that most readers say they read for the way stories make them feel, it behooves an author to set a story tone that will inspire the right mood. Continue Reading>>

Story Tone and Mood — What Are They?

Every novel projects the opinions of its author while creating a certain atmosphere for readers. These elements are known as the story tone and mood. While both reinforce the main story theme, they are two different things. Their interrelated nature can make telling them apart confusing, but it’s not difficult once you understand them.  Knowing how to use story tone and mood is an important skill that contributes to a mastery of plot structure. Continue Reading>>

Does Being a Writer Hurt Your Relationships?

You look up from your computer after a productive writing session only to remember that you forgot to take your child to the dentist today. It’s also your sister’s birthday, and you meant to call her. You’ll have to deal with that later, because right now you have to scramble. Your spouse will be home any time, and it was your turn to make dinner. If only you’d remembered to thaw something, you wouldn’t have to run to the grocery store. Sound familiar? Continue Reading>>

Can’t Keep Up With Your Writing Life? Try This…

No matter what you do, you can’t seem to win. Focus on home and family and your writing doesn’t happen. Put time and energy into a writing project, and you could write absent notes to friends and family in the dust on your furniture. Working long hours to accomplish your writing goals, cook, clean, run errands, and serve your family is neither fun nor fair. There’s a better way, thankfully. Continue Reading>>