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I made a Facebook post at some point last week that was a heartfelt question: “Figuring out the meaning of one’s own ‘success’ is one of the hardest things about being on Facebook isn’t it?” Now, this could be taken as a direct contradiction of one of my earlier Liz...read more
Remember the last time you read dialogue and it didn’t sound genuine? Something was off, odd or just not quite believable? Perhaps the wording did not suit the character. For example, unless a man is a decorator, painter or artist, he won’t point to a color and call...read more
When we throw around the word “exploitation” most people understand its meaning, if not its positives and negatives. Someone is using the subject to further their own interests. FAMOUS PEOPLE The news media latches onto high profile dramas. News hounds maintain the...read more
Although every finished book has a plot, not every plot is developed in the same way. There is a long-standing debate between writers who plot before writing their story (plotters) and those who discover their plot as they write (pantsers). Unfortunately, most of the...read more
As opportunity for authors has grown over the last several years, so has the fiction market. Indie publishing and the arrival of more and more small-press publishers has made it harder for an individual author to get their name in front of readers. There are various...read more
You’ve gone to the trouble of pouring your heart and soul into your characters, agonized over plot points, settings, and descriptions. You’ve rewritten and revised until words are little more than a blur on the paper or computer screen. Your story is finished....read more