Writers who self-publish electronically get to keep all the money their books earn less a pittance to the venue through which the book is sold, such as Amazon or Smashwords. That's not much money but If they publish through an electronic publisher such as Samhain,Tate or The Written World, the publisher takes an additional chunk of… Continue reading Why Do We Need Publishers?
The time comes when each and every writer must finish what they write and send it out into the world. The problem is that very few writers know when it's done. When it's ready. When it should be sent away. Most writers will edit, change and tweak their works even after they've been published if… Continue reading After The End
Endings are the most important part of any story. It's what the beginning hints at and the middle reaches after slogging through a lot of muck. In a way, they are the exact opposite of theme because the ending is the one thing that the writer must not wait to figure out. It must be… Continue reading The End Is Here
Once, at a writers' meeting, a fellow writer said he was quitting the group. His explanation? He'd had a happy childhood. We all understood. Some of the best writers out there grew up in unhappy homes. Not all, but a lot. Those unhappy childhoods gave them both content and incentive to write great stories. I… Continue reading Messing Up Your Characters
Theme is important. It's deeper than plot. It's what makes the story come alive. And it's very, very general. Love overcomes bigotry. Hope springs eternal. Life is good. Nothing specific. Problem is, the general nature of theme makes it illusive, amorphous and easy to lose track of even though the theme is what makes the… Continue reading The Right Theme
In my wip (that's work-in-progress to non-writers) I need a character to introduce Elle to the spaceship, another to figure out that she's a stow-away and still another to give her fake papers so she'll appear to be legitimate. That's three characters who aren't essential to the story and all must appear in the first… Continue reading Simplify
Rule 2 of the 22 rules of great storytelling has to do with writing what's interesting. Again, as in my last post (which, by the way, was rule number 1), that means what's interesting to the reader, not the writer. What, you say? You were told to write what you like to read. You were… Continue reading What’s Interesting?