Working With Depression

Usually I have a writing post, but the weather the last several days has thrown me into a depressive spell. A lot of friends right now are going through seasonal depression and I can’t knock that. But what about those who deal with it all year long? Yeah, I belong to that club, where sometimes, it’s a struggle ...

~Book Review~ How Full Is Your Bucket

This week I chose to read How Fill Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, taking a break from paranormal and thriller like novels/work. Rath and Clifton centered their research on how to “fill” coworkers or team’s buckets with positive reinforcement and “empty” with negative reinforcement. It also used case studies from famous ...

When To Romantically Pair Characters (or Shipping) and When Not To

This topic is dear to me because in today's society, it is a growing trend to just throw two main characters together  because readers want this premise. This is known as shipping and it’s a trope that is overused often. Often, we hear that we're writing for our readers. While that's true, not everything should be about ...

Five Reasons Paid Reviews HURT Indie and Traditional Author Sales

Every writer knows that one thing readers do is review your work. Some will do this in the excerpt (or preview) if something is wrong with the format, spelling or in general. (I am known to do this if it is atrocious.) However, there are some that will do it when the book is done, which ...

Three Reasons Why Rough Drafts are Important

I’m going back to basics today and will explain three reasons why rough drafts are important. (I know, some of you may be looking at me strange, but I swear it’s true. Everyone in each profession does this. What do you think a business plan is?) So let’s get to it, shall we?   #1: Your rough draft is ...

Why You Need Character Flaws

Character quirks (or personality flaws) are essential for any great story and many writers struggle with this concept. (Don't worry, I've been in that special club, too. I promise.) But you need people to be different, authentic and real. Without real characters, there is no story. People aren't perfect and I like to find someone that is. Until then, I'm not ...

Three Important Steps To Character Evolution

Once, there was a girl who was clueless on how to make a good character bio. Instead, she wrote a 75 page backstory and thought she nailed her main characters down. Because this was when she first started writing, she just ended up more confused about how to find out her character goals and her motivation. Then she couldn't figure out ...

M.B. Feeney: The One That Got Away

M.B. Feeney has had the pleasure of sharing with me her copy of "The One That Got Away". I'll be posting a review about her book next week, but please feel free to share and visit her page in the meantime.   Genre: Contemporary Romance Content Warning: Sexual situations and bad language. Cover designer: Grafix Momma ~ Editor: Sydney Kalnay ...

Beta Test Coaching Available Now!

Because I have changed my business to those who want stuff self published or for making courses, I want to offer four people the chance to work with me at a discounted rate.   What are you coaching? My coaching focuses on how to help you with your self-publishing work. It doesn't matter if it's a product, tutorial, eCourse or ...

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