There is a subtle difference between a series and serial that makes all the difference in how you approach them and their success with readers.Read more
A book in a series has a complete arc of its own, but it also has a series arc, which is what tells the complete story from page one of the book to the final page of the last book. But a serial must be taken as a whole in several ways.Read more
Charles Dickens is perhaps one of the most influential authors in the world. He was a prolific writer in his day, publishing something like 15 novels, a handful of novellas, numerous short stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
With the advent of self publishing, there has been the return of different methods of releases, namely serials.
And we have Charles Dickens partly to thank for that…Read more
Did you know there is one super easy way to ratchet up the tension in your novel? It doesn’t take much work on your part, but it creates an immense amount of pressure for your characters. And we all know that pressure=tension=page turner.
So what is this one little trick? It’s nothing fancy, I assure you. But it’s something that many authors use and many forget about.Read more
I want to talk about beta readers today (again). It’s something I’ve been putting my WIP through, and it’s been eye-opening in many ways. Having someone else read over your writing will reveal your insecurities and writing faux pas to you in a surprising way–especially when they are listed, one after the other, in a critical way.
Just recently I had both the good luck and the terrifying luck of having a(nother) beta reader read my pre-published novel. So far, from 7 different readers, the reactions have been (generally) positive.
It’s encouraging to be at this point, where the plot points are relatively solid…or so I thought.
I have to admit that there are some experiences in Spurn the Moon that are outside my particular experiences. Enter the 7th reader.Read more
6 characteristics writers must have.
Writing requires sacrifices. But chances are, if you’re meant to write, whatever you gave up, you’ll forget what it was in the first place.Read more