Other Writers

  • Need to Get a Stubborn Character Moving? Use an Amplifier
    by BECCA PUGLISI on July 16, 2024 at 9:52 am

    If you’ve researched story structure at all, you know there are many models out there, and they’re all slightly different. The most popular forms tend to follow the three-act structure, which resonates with many readers regardless of genre or format. Within this simple […]

  • Best Networking Books – Learn From Legendary Reads
    by P.J McNulty on July 15, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Networking isn’t just about exchanging business cards; it’s an art that can significantly expand your horizons and opportunities, especially in the creative industries. Whether you’re a writer, artist, or any creative professional, mastering the art of networking can open […]

  • Intuitive Discovery Writing And Serial Fiction With KimBoo York
    on July 15, 2024 at 6:31 am

    How can you lean into intuition and curiosity to embrace discovery writing? How might serial fiction fit into your business model? KimBoo York gives her tips and more in this interview. In the intro, BookVault now has integration with PayHip; 7 lessons learned from 5 years […]

  • 17 Networking Skills – Make Powerful Personal Connections
    by P.J McNulty on July 12, 2024 at 10:20 am

    Picture this: A struggling freelance writer attends a local literary event, strikes up a conversation with a publisher, and lands a book deal that launches their career.  While this may sound like a fairy tale, it’s a testament to the power of networking in the writing […]

  • Unlock Your Funny Bone: Writing Humor Is Easier Than You Think!
    by COLLEEN M. STORY - Resident Writing Coach on July 11, 2024 at 9:00 am

    I’ve rarely attempted to be funny in my writing. There are a couple of reasons for that. One, my stories tend to lean toward the serious side. The characters deal with difficult situations. There is tension, action, and mystery. Humor didn’t seem to fit. Two, I thought I […]

  • Could a Raptor Play the Protagonist Role?
    by SUE COLETTA - Resident Writing Coach on July 9, 2024 at 9:00 am

    Raptors are some of the most successful predators on the planet. From owls, eagles, and vultures to hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey, raptors are skilled hunters with incredible senses, like binocular vision, that help them detect prey at far distances. The secretary bird […]

  • Preparing Your Manuscript For Pitching Agents With Renee Fountain
    on July 8, 2024 at 6:32 am

    How can you make sure your manuscript is ready for submission to an agent — or for publication if you go indie? What are the benefits and challenges of traditional publishing? Will they really do all the marketing for you? Renee Fountain talks about these things and more in […]

  • Using Clothes to Characterize
    by BECCA PUGLISI on July 4, 2024 at 9:00 am

    “Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.” This quote by Karl Lagerfeld is pretty heady. I’m still chewing on it, but what I gather is that clothing and other appearance choices are one way we interpret and reflect reality—the reality of […]

  • Three Emotion Problems to Avoid in Your Story Opening
    by BECCA PUGLISI on July 2, 2024 at 9:00 am

    As I’m sure you’ve heard roughly a gajillion times, your story’s first pages are very important. Editors and agents typically request just a portion of your story’s opening, and potential buyers read only a sampling when they’re looking for books to buy. So whichever […]

  • Turn Words Into Wealth With Aurora Winter
    on July 1, 2024 at 6:30 am

    Can you have a business with a soul through writing? How does the business of fiction differ from non-fiction? What are some tips for pitching a book for film & TV? All this and more with Aurora Winter. In the intro, 100 book marketing ideas [Written Word Media]; 25 indie […]

  • A Mother Lode of Resources on Emotion Amplifiers
    by BECCA PUGLISI on June 27, 2024 at 9:47 am

    Angela and I have been busy bees the past few months, creating as much content as we could surrounding emotion amplifiers—a little-known storytelling element that’s great for elevating a character’s emotions and setting them up for overreactions, misjudgments, mistakes, […]

  • Overcome Your Challenges And Write Your Book. A Disabled Writer Shares His Journey.
    on June 27, 2024 at 6:30 am

    It's hard for anyone to write a book and get it out into the world, but it's even harder if you have health challenges. Daniel D. Bate is severely dyslexic, completely blind, and physically disabled due to severe joint damage and extreme brittle bones. He is a partially […]