Writing Resolution

Ok, now you have had a bit of a break for the holidays and it is time to think about your resolutions for next year. There are certain items in your writing toolbox that are the basics you need to have to build on so you can communicate to your reader and be believable. What […]

Step 12 To Becoming An Author

12. Giving up on their book too soon. Like anything, book marketing takes time. I see authors all the time who start to grow impatient after a few months, wondering where their success is. How long will it take? That depends. But you might not be the best person to determine that. If you’ve been […]

Step 11 To Becoming An Author

11. Not having a website. When someone asks me if all authors should have a website, I respond: does your book need a cover? Every author should have a website and when possible get a domain name of your title so it can be a direct match to the content you are delivering in hard […]

Step 9 To Becoming An Author

9. Not having their work professionally edited. What kind of experience do you want to give your reader? If the answer is a great one (and it likely is) make sure the work you do on your book mirrors that. Your book is like your resume; not only that but it’s your reader’s experience of […]

Step 7 To Becoming An Author

7. Not spending enough time researching their market. If you were going to open up a store in a mall, let’s say a bead shop, would you ever consider opening a store without doing the proper research? Probably not. Yet every day authors publish books and haven’t done market research. This research, while it can […]

Step 3 To Becoming An Author

3. Not getting to know others in their market. Who else is writing about your topic? If you’re not sure, then you should do your research. Getting to know your fellow genre authors is not only important, but it can really help you with your marketing. How? Because most readers don’t just buy one self-help […]

Stories From Your Childhood

What was you favorite bedtime story? What about it was appealing to you? Could you use it as an example and write a story that might appeal to a child you might know today? Now if you do not have any children in your life-borrow one from a family member or neighbor. Not literally, but […]

Creative Writing Ideas Are Everywhere

This time of the year creative writing ideas are everywhere. From¬† cooking highs and lows to shopping adventures to visits with friends and family to touching stories you either remember or can see happening in the world around you. No limits here to things to write about so get those pencils sharpened-do finger exercises so […]

Creative Writing Using Visual Images

Let’s take a specific example.¬† If you want to write about a yacht, visualize a yacht, there are numerous mental images you can see in your mind: * If you normally see surface details, notice all the visual and sensory details: the colors, the shine, the feel. * If you normally see things in relation […]

Learn To Write For Online Readers

While at first glance Internet documents appear to mimic traditional print documents there are many major differences. One of the most important is the entry point. A search engine may deliver readers to some point in the middle or end of your document. If you have written a coherent and cohesive piece then those readers […]