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 Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

I’ve talked an awful lot about goals lately. I’m actually in the process of completed one of my larger quarterly goals: buying a house! But I’m dragging you to the computer today to talk about a different kind of goal – the kind that relates to plots. There’s no doubt that an odd cloud ofRead more about How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)[…]

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)[…]

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)[…]