Blurb Coaching – A Face on Cydonia

I wanted to share another blurb coaching with all of you, done for a Writer's Path Writers Club. Enjoy! Name: Ian Miller Genre: Science Fiction Title: A Face on Cydonia Original Blurb: Schools in the early 22nd century teach that the big corporations provide all necessary services solely for the betterment of society, under the … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – A Face on Cydonia

Blurb Coaching Post – Road of a Warrior

Today, Ryan Lanz kicked off his new writer's club which works to give writers the benefit of a network of professionals for marketing, editing, content, and cover design, all for an affordable member fee. The club features articles, free book promotions, contests, insider tips, and free blurb coaching for members, and to give you a … Continue reading Blurb Coaching Post – Road of a Warrior

The Most Important Rule of Backstory

Every story has backstory--the stuff that happened before the characters were born, or met, before the problem of the story was enough of a problem for you to sit down and write about it. Even ancient stories about creation have backstory about the gods and what they were up to before they decided to make … Continue reading The Most Important Rule of Backstory

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

George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

I found this lovely gem in my reader this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. The whole article (found at the bottom of A Pilgrim in Narnia's post) is worth reading, but here are a few favorite quotes: "To be able to live a moment in an imagined world, we must … Continue reading George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it's nice to know that the characters you've read about succeed. When you've invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they've sought for so long, but I don't like false endings. … Continue reading How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Introducing New Book Coaching Options

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

Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

As writers, we've been told over and over how it's much better to show a reader something rather than tell them, and recently, I wrote about how one can use dance to show a character's thoughts and how she changes. As a general rule, showing means giving the reader details: letting them see what the … Continue reading Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

I've been thinking about how we humans clean things up. Sometimes, we do it begrudgingly, sometimes compulsively. How we feel (and how close we are to a deadline) usually determines whether our efforts are frantic or methodical. When rushed or pressured, we can get rid of stuff we really should've kept, and I think this … Continue reading How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing