Tips for Writing a Series

I've had a series in the works for a while now (spoiler, it's about dinosaurs). I've been really slow in writing it, but I have been reading up lately on tips for how other authors write their series. Elizabeth Spann Craig has a post about evaluating a series, and deciding how long a series should …

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Guest Post: How to Balance Writing Your Novel and the Rest of Your Life

By Josh T. It seems like whenever you try to sit down and write your novel, life gets even crazier. In all likelihood, you have another job to support you and your family or you have school to deal with. Where is the time to write? It’s there, but you may have to make a …

Guest Post: 60 Freelance Writing Resources

By Joe Flanagan If you're considering moving into freelance writing or have already chosen this path as your career then these 60 helpful freelance writing resources are for you. It covers freelance writing resources for the modern day including writing tools, social media groups and forums, blogs and podcasts, plus much more. You'll never be stuck for …

Guest Post: 28 Boring Words Alternatives—Improve Your Writing

By Jack Milgram Think about the last interesting conversation you had with a friend of yours. What made it so pleasant? Chances are, what made it so great was your friend’s relatively rich vocabulary. And no, we are not talking about snooty guys throwing obscure terminology at you. We are simply talking about people who …

Guest Post: 5 Ways to Go With the Flow and Beat Writer’s Block

By Josh T. Are you currently suffering from writer's block? If so, don't worry. Even the most talented writers in the world suffer from writer's block. In fact, Stephen King once suffered from a writer's block that spanned four months and resulted in him lounging at home, drinking beer and watching soap operas. However, we …

Indie Authors: Tips for Writing Characters That Resonate

Characters are an important element of every story. So how do you make sure your story has characters that stand out? That readers find interesting and believable? Writers in the Storm posted an article about becoming your character, so that you don't make mistakes like head hop or have multiple viewpoints for one character. The …

From Grammarly: How well do you know your grammar? Affect vs. Effect

All writers know that grammar is important. And the company Grammarly likes to put a fun spin on learning grammar. How big of a grammar nerd are you? TakeTake Grammarly's quiz to show how much you know about affect vs. effect: To learn more about affect vs. effect, check out Grammarly's in-depth blog post that …

Guest Post: Shifting from Writing Literary to Commercial Fiction

By Tantra Bensko Tantra Bensko is a talented writer and wonderful teacher. In fact, she taught me how to write experimental fiction at UCLA Extension. She is the author of numerous books, including her latest, Glossolalia, a psychological suspense novel that is part of her Agents of the Nevermind series. Below she shares her experiences her …

Episode, the World’s Largest Community of Mobile Storytellers

Back in 2014, Pocket Gems, a leader in the mobile games space, launched Episode, their interactive mobile story platform. In this platform, which is available on Apple, Google Play, and Amazon, users can interact with animated stories and make decisions to shape their plots. The platform has grown in the past two years, and has …

Guest Post: The Alchemy of Words

By J.D. Lakey  J.D. Lakey is the author of science fiction series, The Black Bead Chronicles. She shares how she became a sci-fi writer. Keep reading for a synopsis of the third book in her series, Spider Wars: Book Three of the Black Bead Chronicles. You can also get the first book in the series, Black …