“Worst Advice I’ve Heard from a Speaker”

“Worst Advice I’ve Heard from a Speaker”

This was what someone posted on a conference twitter thread that I recently spoke at. Of course, the speaker was moi. Making friends and sowing happiness wherever I go. The advice was to query every agent who attended the conference whether the attendee met the agent...
Every Author is Different based on the Three P’s

Every Author is Different based on the Three P’s

Product, Platform, Promotion. We all rate differently on those three, therefore any writing advice we get has to be factored through our own personal situation. One size does not fit all. I call my book on writing a Toolkit because I don’t believe there are any...
Characters: The Heart of Your Story

Characters: The Heart of Your Story

What’s your favorite book? What do you remember about it that makes it your favorite? Was it the plot? Or was it character? One of mine is Lonesome Dove. Read the first chapter and tell you don’t know who all those characters are by the end of it and want...
Your Voice as a Writer: Point of View

Your Voice as a Writer: Point of View

Honestly, this is the hardest topic to discuss or teach. For example, I wrote New York Minute in omniscient, translucent, single character. Right. Got it? What I mean is I wrote in omniscient voice, which is different than third person, but following only one...
The Secret Handshake to Publishing Success

The Secret Handshake to Publishing Success

This morning I read another story about the ten keys to success as an indie writer. I read articles about the essential things a writer must do to get an agent. I read articles on how to succeed as an author. Reading those is part of the job. They are all well...
Conflict is the Fuel of your Story

Conflict is the Fuel of your Story

A novel is a character trying to resolve a problem. The very nature of a problem means there is conflict. Unlike real life where most of us try to avoid conflict, in our writing we must dive into it. When I run a weekend workshop, I start out getting everyone to write...