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 …

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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 …

Indie Authors: Making the Most out of Scrivener

Scrivener is an amazing tool for writers. You can organize your notes, keep your research all in one place, easily make edits or move around chapters, and even export all your work into other file formats. At first, using Scrivener may seem daunting because there are so many features. But luckily, many people who use …

Indie Authors Writing: Writing Dialogue and Choosing Point of View

Good writing takes a lot of practice, and it also helps to get feedback from readers, editors, and other writers.  Sometimes, it's hard for writers to come up with realistic sounding dialogue. If you want some help, check out The Write One Blog's "Fiction Dialogue Writing Tips Adapted From Real Life," which gives a number …

Guest Post: 20 Quirks and Strange Habits

By Jack Milgram Has this ever happened to you? At some point in your life, after reading a certain number of books, you realize that a particular work by a particular author is the best thing you’ve ever read. But did you know that sometimes it’s not only literary genius that makes people talk about …

Guest Post: How to Transfer Your Writing Skills to an Online Website

By Mariah In the current economy and job market, writing online has become a popular career choice. Even if a person has experience in traditional journalism or creating articles for print publications, adjustments have to be made for an online audience. The following tips will help any author write quality content for an online website …

Indie Authors: Researching Your Books

When writing books, there are a lot of things you can research. What genre should you write in (if you don't already have a preference)? How can you attract readers? Who are your target or ideal readers? What should your book title be? Below is a list of resources that can help answer those questions: …

Indie Authors: Organization and Writing Tips

As an indie author treating writing as a business, it's important to stay on top of deadlines and to always work on improving your craft. Organizing Your Time To that end, Duolit has provided a helpful free monthly planner for authors. The idea is that to-do lists can be too daunting, and if you schedule …

Creating a Plot and Other Writing Tips

Writing takes skill, we all know that. But what are some ways you can hook your readers and make them want to keep reading? Plot Having a strong plot can not only keep readers entertained, but also make it easier to write the story in the first place. John Dufresne on Writer's Digest writes in "How to …

Overcoming Writers Block and Writing a Strong Story

When it comes to writing, there are a lot of factors to consider. Writer's Block The first thing is to overcome writer's block, if you have it. Writer's block comes in a couple flavors: not being able to write and not being able to finish a writing project. Ellis Shuman Writes has a great post with …