How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript

by Jennifer Harris The Big Picture – Part 1 Big picture editing—also called developmental editing or the revision stage—can be an overwhelming task, especially if this is your first novel. The big picture edit is where you will start molding your raw material into a polished finished novel. This is the stage of editing where […]

Motivation of Your Characters

by Randy Ingermanson [Editor’s note: If you are not getting Randy’s ezine, I do recommend you do. It is packed with lots of thought-provoking writing, organizing, and marketing advice plus it’s plain common sense stuff.] 3) Craft: How to Measure Motivation Practically everything in fiction eventually comes down to your characters’ motivations. The lead character […]

The Trusty Steed in Writing

By Richie Billing There’s always a horse in a fantasy book. So I decided to do a bit of research on the trusty steeds that carry us fearlessly into battle, and this is what I found.  Make no assumptions For some of us it’s fair to say we don’t see horses very often, driving past […]

Single Most Important Attribute in a Writer

I was inspired this week by Tom Blubaugh’s article, “It’s easy to brand your name fast”. I loved his crazy idea of standing in a traffic jam (caused by a mis-park of your own car) and creating-an-ad-hoc- audience-by-flailing-your-book-from-on-top-of-your-car scenario and his warning not to actually do this stunt! As he’s listed must do’s for marketing […]