What gets more attention? Description or action?

By Shelley Widhalm If you want to keep readers turning pages, the key is balancing description with action. Readers get bored with too much description, and they get overwhelmed with all action and no breaks. Action in a novel or short story keeps the pace moving at a rapid clip, while description can slow theContinue reading “What gets more attention? Description or action?”

Author Central

By Brian Kaufman The most frustrating part of being a published author has to be marketing. Marketing your books takes two valuable resources (time and money) and offers no guarantees. Worse, for most authors, promotional efforts yield little in the way of results. If you’re not a published author, you might think, Woe is you. I’dContinue reading “Author Central”

Proper Care And Feeding of Your Inner Troll

By David E. Sharp The writing journey is a hazardous one, full of setbacks and self-doubt. I remember asking myself why I thought I had a story to tell. I felt like a fraud. The sight of my manuscript in progress would put me into a tailspin of criticism and despair. I wondered if AmazonContinue reading “Proper Care And Feeding of Your Inner Troll”

Spur Your Writing

By Shelley Widhalm As a freelance writer and former journalist, I’ve learned to live by deadlines. And as an anti-procrastinator, I’ve made it my habit to turn in assignments before the due date because facing a ticking clock stresses me out.  But when it comes to writing novels and not having a publisher demanding aContinue reading “Spur Your Writing”

Nothing Up My Sleeve

By Brian Kaufman Fantasy fiction employs magic—influencing events through supernatural means. The concept of magic dates back to the dawn of civilization. In Mesopotamia, ritual practices were developed to affect reality. Defensive magic was the accepted protection from demons and ghosts. Rites were used to purify a person’s sins. Another branch of magic involved loveContinue reading “Nothing Up My Sleeve”

NaNoWriMo: The Speed Writing Challenge

By Shelley Widhalm Every fall, do you start thinking about NaNoWriMo’s built-in goal and deadline as a Yea or a Nay? Like me, maybe you’re a veteran author who’s done it before, or possibly committing to writing 50,000 words during November is new to you. Divided up to a daily count, it is 1,667 words.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: The Speed Writing Challenge”

ADVENTURES IN NaNoWriMo LAND

By Brian Kaufman In 1999, freelance writer Chris Baty started National Novel Writing Month, gathering 21 San Francisco participants to attempt a singular goal—to write a novel in one month. Having realized the limitations of a July event, Baty moved the second year’s festivities to November to “take advantage of the miserable weather.” The secondContinue reading ADVENTURES IN NaNoWriMo LAND