How to Keep Your Story Plot from Becoming a Cemetery Plot

One of the trickiest aspects of being a writer is crafting a compelling story from start to finish. Aside from limiting distraction (I’m looking at you, Pinterest), it’s absolutely necessary to be able to write a story that not only captures but holds your readers’ attention. I mean, if you want to be an effective writer. …

How to Write & Publish Ebooks (With Minimal Work)

What if you could write books,  help other people, and increase your income at the same time? (I mean, without losing tons of sleep or giving up your late night Netflix binges. Obviously.) If you love to write and want to increase your income, writing and publishing ebooks is a great option. It doesn’t even have …

How to Create Realistic Dialogue

The following is a guest post from Jenna at Writely Me, an awesome community for writers, by writers. Head on over to get tons of great writing and publishing tips (after you finish reading this, of course).  Dialogue is an essential key to writing and characterization. Dialogue can either make or break your story.  It is …

Reasons to Reject Competition and Embrace Your Tribe

Have you ever walked around a bookstore and seen how many books there are out there? (Okay, I know. Stupid question. If you’re anything like me, you’d be happy to live in a bookstore.) Anyway, there are tons. Too-many-to-choose-from-and-I’m-going-to-go-broke-tons. As an author, it can be really discouraging to see how many people are already writing books. …

Embrace the Slush Pile: The Case for Traditional Publishing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called Skip the Slush Pile: The Case for Indie Publishing. I wrote it because there are some excellent reasons to pursue indie publishing as both a creative outlet and a lucrative one. I also wrote it because I’m currently in the process of publishing my With Love …

Benefits of Writing in Multiple Genres

If you’re a writer, you probably have a favorite genre, right? Maybe you’re one of the rare writers who enjoys writing poetry just as much as you enjoy writing mystery novels and feature articles. I wish I could remember the first genre I began writing. I was a kid, so it was mostly likely a …

Book Review: It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany

A couple of weeks ago I got FREE BOOKS IN THE MAIL courtesy of Book Sparks. If you didn’t already gather this, I like books, and I especially like coming home and finding them on my doorstep. So this was a double win. This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more details. One …