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)[…]

How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)

How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)

To prologue or not to prologue? Either you’ve asked this question before, or you’re wondering why I’m asking it now. I was part of the latter group until about a year ago–I had no idea a debate on this topic even existed. Boy does it ever, and boy is it a big one. Largely, there’s twoRead more about How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)[…]

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)[…]

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!)[…]