What Good Music Can Teach Us About Writing

I was thinking about this the other day while on hold. I was waiting for a break in the music that signaled that someone was going to rescue me from the unending monotony, so when the music would change from stringed instruments music to a pause, I'd get excited...only to have the music start another … Continue reading What Good Music Can Teach Us About Writing

How Useful is the Bechdel Test in Writing?

For those who may not be familiar with it, the Bechdel Test is a gauge of whether a work of fiction features independent female characters. The requirements are that there must be two women who have at least one conversation together in which they don't talk about a man. The idea is that women should … Continue reading How Useful is the Bechdel Test in Writing?

Update on Book Coaching and Reviews

For those interested, I have a new widget image, and I wanted to share an update regarding free book reviews. I am still accepting books for review; however, due to time constraints, prior commitments, and my paid work, I will have to be very selective as to which books I pick. I'm booked well into … Continue reading Update on Book Coaching and Reviews

Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

Over the weekend, I've been learning a lot about the editorial review process (no, not the most typical thing to do on warm summer days, I know), and I've discovered that when we say "someone reviewed a book," it can mean one of two things. They read it and wrote a reaction. This is what … Continue reading Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

You can't always tell who's going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don't read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won't to another. But you can tell some things about your own story based on the fiction … Continue reading What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

The Power of Good Verbs

Writers are told to make their verbs work for them--which means picking verbs powerful enough to stand without modifiers and adverbs like "very," "slowly," "quickly," and the like. But sometimes this can lead to distracting the reader, where the verb used is so particular, so unique, and so unusual as to send them to the … Continue reading The Power of Good Verbs

How to Make an Old Plot New

Plots have been recycled ever since stories have been told, reusing themes like sacrificial death, the poor becoming rich, the ugly becoming beautiful, and other archetypes. Even great works like those of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can be traced to other influences, ideas, and concepts, but how do you make an old plot new? How … Continue reading How to Make an Old Plot New

Widget Images Are Here!

So I recently had a suggestion that I create image widgets about my book coaching so they can be put in sidebars, so I did. Thanks, Trix!   You're welcome to copy them and post them on your own site, Facebook, etc. Thank you all so much for your interest and support! Copyright 2017 Andrea … Continue reading Widget Images Are Here!

Book Review: Long Road Out of Ur

Title: Long Road Out of Ur Author: Joel Thimell Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Historical Description per Goodreads:┬áSomething is rotten in Mesopotamia. A troublesome priest has been murdered; the pagan New Year's rites defiled; a royal tomb is robbed; and a would-be grifter, Lot, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. His father, grandfather and … Continue reading Book Review: Long Road Out of Ur

First Mystery Blogger Award

In the last month, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by both Adam from Write Thoughts and Ronel the Mythmaker. Both blogs discuss writing and storytelling with class, distinction, and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your time and work with the world, and for nominating me! What is the Mystery … Continue reading First Mystery Blogger Award