Perfection in Writing?

Get over yourself. You’re a writer. So write. Need some help getting over a desire for perfection? Self-doubt, seen in an obsession to perfect your prose in fears of being exposed as an unworthy imposter (we’ve all felt that, right?), can be debilitating. Here are some tips from great writers that have proved helpful to… Read More »

Twitter Tips for Book Authors – Getting Started

“Without leaving the house I know the whole universe.” – Lao-Tzu This could also be the motto of the social-media platform known as Twitter. For book authors and other writers who wish to use Twitter, I’ll offer some specific tips below. And here’s a link to Twitter’s own help center, to walk you through the… Read More »

October Hodgepodge 2013

Here are a few thoughts (about creativity and the writing process) to savor: ”Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle “You climb a long ladder until you can see over the roof, or over the clouds.  You are writing a book. You watch your shod feet step on each round… Read More »

Time and The Writer

“There is time for everything.” – Amish saying. 1. Ask the right question: What is possible?  I’m starting a new writing project and want to make good progress this month. A motivational phrase that floats through my mind, one that resonates for me (as a busy person), comes from an Amish source: “There is time… Read More »

SEO for Writers – Magic Bullet or Hokum?

If you’ve been looking for ways to get noticed on the web, you’ve probably run into the term SEO. It stands for Search Engine Optimization. So . . . how important is it to understand and use? Is it a real game-changer? Or is it mostly hocus-pocus, a bit of internet trickery, a fake magic… Read More »

Your Novel Needs a Second Story

One of the keys of a successful novel is often the presence of two (sometimes more) major storylines. Unfortunately, as a book doctor/novel editor, I often see manuscripts-in-progress that are just too stingy in this regard. I recently read a review of a movie that addressed this very point. Reviewing the movie Warm Bodies, Mick… Read More »

Secrets of Goblins and Good Writing

I’ve in the middle of reading, with considerable delight, William Alexander’s debut fantasy novel Goblin Secrets. It just won a National Book Award for Young People’s literature, and it’s a wonderful piece of literary storytelling. I wanted to share one of his chapter starts, as it continues the “trick of particularity” point I made in… Read More »