Getting published can feel like taking a gamble and rolling dice. Sometimes, your number comes up; sometimes it doesn't. But there are ways to increase your chances. You can rework your story so it makes more sense, so the characters are more relatable, the plot more believable. You can get a better cover design or … Continue reading Introducing New Book Coaching Options
If you ever wanted a free critique to a beginning of one of your stories--if something is nagging you and you want a second pair of eyes, or if you just wanted to flex your writing muscles and help out another writer--then you'll be happy to know that the Under the Microscope feature on A … Continue reading Under the Microscope is Back at A Writer’s Path
For those who have visited my Book Coaching page in the past and contemplated "taking the plunge," I have good news. I'm now offering the first chapter (up to ten pages) of coaching free so you can get a feel for the process and how it might help you with your current work-in-progress. So far, … Continue reading Special Offer–Free First Chapter of Coaching!
In the format of a non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what makes a scene powerful and memorable for readers. I'm happy to bring back the Writing That Scene feature with a first-ever examination of a contemporary author's work. Thanks, K. T. Munson, for having the courage to take the plunge. The … Continue reading Writing that Scene: 1001 Islands
During the past few weeks, I've been contacted by other writers and asked to write book reviews on their novels. I've done book reviews for some time now on books I found through Goodreads and the library, books where the author doesn't know I'm reading their work and probably doesn't care. And I find being … Continue reading New Adventures in Blogging
I know why I do this to myself. There's nothing like comments, complimentary or otherwise, from real readers. Readers who have never seen the work, who are coming to it with fresh eyes and giving me their honest responses. It's why I like Ryan Lanz's Under the Microscope feature so much, and this week, it's … Continue reading Another Round of Critique
An Alpha or Beta Reader is one who comes on-board the novel writing process to be a test reader, and usually, helps make the book better by seeing what you didn’t or couldn’t see yourself. Alphas read very early drafts, while Betas read the close-to-but-not-quite-finished work, so most writers go after Beta Readers: after all, … Continue reading The Alpha Traits of Beta Readers