Guest Post: The 5 Most Tragic Story Archetypes

By Mariah T What was the basis for the last great novel you read, play you attended, or the last great movie you saw? By basis, we mean the archetype of the story; every story has an archetype that is representative of human virtue, morals, and norms. In other words, the story you just experienced …

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Guest Post: Why You Should Consider SEO When Self-Publishing a Book

By Adam Steele This is a guest post, courtesy of Adam Steele, the founder of Loganix, a popular SEO fulfillment company located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If you are an author who’s opting to self-publish instead of going through a publisher, the one big thing you lack is the marketing power that you'd …

Earning Money From Writing

Writing is work. It takes a lot of time and effort to brainstorm, outline, research, and then finally put into words a topic or story. Then afterwards there's a lot of editing, revising, and proofing. Electric Literature published an essay about how writing is a job, even if it doesn't really pay: The fact that …

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 …

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 …

Writers: Going the Traditional Publishing Route

Not all writers wants to go the indie route, which is understandable. Publishers have teams to help with editing, publicity and marketing, and distribution. And it's cool to be able to say, "XYZ published me." It's a tough route to go though. I have a few friends who have written manuscripts and are currently sending them …

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 …

Guest Post: How a Vacation Can Help You Break Free From a Creative Rut

By Mariah Are you stuck in a creative rut? Have you been working hard to get your work out there? Do you sometimes feel like you’re never going to succeed? If the discouragement and disappointment of the artist's struggle is starting to weigh you down, it may be time to take a vacation. You’ll Meet …

Indie Authors: Self Publishing Advice

Being an indie author is tough. There's the long hours of writing, the nail biting and teeth gritting as you revise your work, and of course there's marketing, promoting, and hoping that maybe you'll get a few, or a lot, of readers. Over the years, more and more indie authors have published, and shared their …

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 …