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Use Your Fiction Skills to Earn Money

Authors are a talented bunch. We’re adept at creating worlds and characters that engage our readers and keep them turning the pages. All these skills we learn—grammar, punctuation, pacing, layering, syntax—are valuable tools we can utilize in other forms of written communication to develop other income streams. No matter where you are in your author...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Imaginary Friend and Child

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

Want a Stronger Manuscript? Read It Aloud

Editing freaks a lot of people out. Drafting is creative and inspirational, and every writer LIVES for that moment when you get into the groove and the words just flow. But editing is kind of the opposite. It’s analytical, with a rigid set of rules that have to be followed. I think this is why so many writers say it’s their least favorite part of the...

Help Us Help You! (+Giveaway Ending Soon)

Hi guys! Late last week we peeled back the curtain on our new site design (finally!) and have a pretty terrific giveaway going on right now to celebrate. Have you entered it yet? If not, go do that. I’ll wait.This redesign has been a long time in coming, and we’re pleased with it, but of course what really matters is if you are happy with it! So if...

Surprise Giveaway: Writers, Come Win Something Awesome!

So, I think we can all agree it’s been QUITE a year. Most of us feel like we’ve aged 10 years. BUT. We’re turning a corner, oh-so-slowly, but it’s happening. So let’s celebrate hope. And optimism. And while we celebrate these, Becca and I have a few things to add, milestones we’ve skipped over as it never felt like a good time...

How to Give a Great Podcast Author Interview

by Colleen M. StoryAs an author, one of the best ways you can reach new audiences is through podcasts.According to Edison Research and Triton Digital, there are now 62 million Americans listening to podcasts each week, up from 19 million in 2013. We have about 800,000 active podcasts available to listen to, with a record 192,000 new ones launched in...

Relationship Thesaurus: Bully and Victim

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

Heinlein’s Rules of Writing: Principles for Success

I want to talk today about a topic I’ve been pondering for years. YEARS. It’s Heinlein’s Rules of Writing. If this is new to you, it’s a framework for writing success that consists of 5 rules established by Robert A. Heinlein—aeronautical engineer and pioneering science fiction author. Writers who ascribe to his process swear by it on a Crossfit/Natural...

What Is Your Character’s Emotional Shielding and Why Does It Matter?

In the real world, we’re all products of our pasts. Good and bad, the people, events, and situations we’ve encountered have influenced us in profound ways, impacting our morals and beliefs, our day-to-day habits, our personal preferences, even our personality traits. This should be as true for our characters as it is for us. As we dig through...

Relationship Thesaurus Entry: Acquaintances

Successful stories are driven by authentic and interesting characters, so it’s important to craft them carefully. But characters don’t usually exist in a vacuum; throughout the course of your story, they’ll live, work, play, and fight with other cast members. Some of those relationships are positive and supportive, pushing the protagonist to positive...

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