Mary Sues & Why They Make The Best Protagonists 

Mary Sues & Why They Might Make The Best Protagonists

Mary Sues have become a catch-all insult for poorly written characters. People will often accuse a character of being a Mary Sue, especially when they don’t like the book or movie, instead of examining what is actually wrong with the writing. So, let me show…
8 Awesome Reasons To Join An Online Course

8 Awesome Reasons To Join An Online Course

The Awesome Adaptability Of An Online Course I will always love a ‘real’ class. A room packed with people who have shared interests and are eager to learn, but if that room is at the bottom of the big continent called Africa and you’re nowhere…
6 Ways For Writers To Stay Motivated

6 Ways For Writers To Stay Motivated

Guest Post If there’s one essential ingredient for writing, it’s motivation. If you can’t get yourself to the blank page, it doesn’t matter how many beautiful words you have trapped inside you. So if you find your motivation wavering, here are 6 simple ways to…
The Most Important Thing To Remember When You Write Your Memoir

Writing A Memoir? Narrow Your Focus

If you want to write a memoir you need to learn how to focus on what you need to include. You need to limit extraneous storylines and narrow your focus. Narrow Your Focus & Stick To Your Theme As I explained in a previous post,…
New Me – Submit Your Second Short Story Today

New Me – Submit Your Second Short Story Today

If you are participating in the 12 Short Stories Writing Challenge, today is the day to submit your second short story for 2019. Submit your second short story today! And there goes February. I hope you are all enjoying the great stories that are up…
Harry Potter And The Not Very Good Writing

Harry Potter And The Not Very Good Writing

Now, now, Potterheads. Put down your wands. I’m warded against your curses anyway. I don’t want to bash your fandom – just the poor style of its creator. I love Star Wars, but George Lucas is a poor filmmaker (He’s not Rian [pronounced Ryan] Johnson [1]…
Why You Don’t Need To Put Everything In Your Book

Why You Don’t Need To Put Everything In Your Book

One of the main reasons beginner writers don't finish their books is because they try to put everything into the story. If you want to write a novel, you need to follow some basic rules. You need to limit the number of your characters. You…
Joy Williams' 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story

Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story

Joy Williams is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her novels include The Quick and the Dead and State of Grace. She was born 11 February 1944. She explores 'the failure of life in America, from a spiritual as well as economic perspective, as a virtual certainty.…