How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)

How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)

Pen name. Pseudonym. Nom de plume. There are many reasons why you, as a writer, may consider using a pen name, but it’s a big decision to make. As always, check out my YouTube channel if you’re a video addict like myself 🙂 Creating an alternate identity can require a lot of work. It’s recommendedRead more about How to Choose a Pen Name (and 5 reasons to consider using one)[…]

The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

There’s a specific reason I titled this post “Show vs. Tell” rather than the more common “Show, Don’t Tell.” Because not all telling is bad. Yep, the second sentence in and I’m already trying to confuse you. To show or to tell is the great debate of creative writing. Some absolutely think you should neverRead more about The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)[…]

How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)

How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)

As you may know, I decided nearly a year ago to self-publish my debut novel, The Elysian Prophecy. This sent me down a road of obsessive reading and library visits to learn how best to make a career out of self-publishing. And I started to notice a trend. A lot of writers who are nowRead more about How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now)[…]

Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve

Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve

There’s a lot of conflicting opinions surrounding dictation – some absolutely love it and others couldn’t hate it more if they tried. You probably gathered that I fall in the former category, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post. But it wasn’t always sunshine and butterflies. There’s a learning curve to dictation that stops mostRead more about Transition Into Writing With Dictation – The Dreaded Learning Curve[…]

The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)

The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)

Fantasy. Historical fiction. Sci-fi. Space opera. Time travel. All of these genres have one major thing in common: they require some kind of world building. So let’s start this week’s topic off by defining what exactly world building is. This element of storytelling is used by writers to develop a unique place where a particularRead more about The Only World-Building Guide You’ll Ever Need (plus a free worksheet!)[…]

Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy

Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy

You’ve heard it before, but I’ve wanted to be a writer my entire life. From that fateful day when I realized that writing was an actual profession, I’ve dreamed of making a living telling stories. But something was holding me back. Publishing your novel was difficult. Instead of being a great challenge I wanted toRead more about Why I Decided to Self-Publish My Novel, The Elysian Prophecy[…]

The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)

The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)

Two years ago, I had no idea what a beta reader was. Years before that, most people didn’t know what they were. The huge shift from traditional publishing to self publishing required the responsibility of editing a novel to perfection to shift to the writer. Want to know how to survive the beta reading process and comeRead more about The Ultimate Guide to Beta Readers (five commonly asked questions about using betas)[…]

How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)

How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)

I recently listened to a podcast by Marketing Science Fiction and Fantasy who interviewed Elle Casey. For those of you that don’t know, she’s an extremely prolific writer, churning out about one 85k word novel a month. This got me thinking – our motivations (or lack thereof) can determine how much, if at all, weRead more about How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)[…]

How to Get Started With Scrivener Right Now (without losing a second of writing time)

How to Get Started With Scrivener Right Now (without losing a second of writing time)

Recently I made a post detailing why I thought Scrivener was for everyone. I received a huge response from that video as well as some additional questions. Today I wanted to answer one of those in particular: How do I get started in Scrivener? Watch the video below for a detailed tutorial! I walk youRead more about How to Get Started With Scrivener Right Now (without losing a second of writing time)[…]