Are you a writer struggling to come up with the perfect opening line for your novel? Here’s 100 intriguing, provocative, and unexpected opening lines!
Marketing for authors – ick or yay? We asked our mentors and here’s what they said
In excitement for my upcoming class on Marketing; “Unlocking the Secrets to Connecting with your Audience” I asked a few of our mentors what Marketing means to them. Here is what they said. How do you approach marketing? Dominic: Two words. Creative collaboration....
How to keep a story going, and stop ‘falling slack’ in the middle!
A new member on our email list sent in this great question: “I’ve struggled with my stories falling slack in the middle. I just can’t seem to keep a story going!”
The Quad Approach: Why it helps to think four ways about something
Maybe this is actually a thing out there in Writersville, and I just re-invented the wheel. Welp… you’re welcome.
Split your Frodos? a tip to improve characters, clear up motivation, and tell better stories
Many of us, when we’re starting out with our own characters, sometimes get stuck. I know I do. We make our characters too complex.
My top 4 tips for dealing with writer’s block and fiction
Everyone gets writers block. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure, or the story sucks, or it’s time to drop it all and go be a mechanic.
3 reasons why Catholic authors should relax and enjoy writing
my personal approach to writing has changed. I no longer write to convert other people.
What’s the difference between fantasy, fairy tales, & myths? Dominic de Souza & Katy Campbell
With our fairy tale contest going on, we’re talking about how fairy tales, fantasy, and myths are different.
5 tips to Give Writers Empowering Feedback
This is the most useless piece of feedback you will ever receive as a writer: “I liked it.”
How to Keep a Short Story Short
Let’s focus on one of the most important and dreaded aspects of short story writing, that is, keeping it short.
Good Writing vs Style? Don’t Try to Sound Clever or Epic
Good writing is perfectly transparent, allowing a reader to ‘not see the words’, and only see the scene, living the moment, loving the character.
Don’t Mention It: Using Your Senses to Improve Your Description
Our minds are brilliant engines designed to focus and forget, to eliminate distraction and only use what’s needed. Same for your character description.
The Secrets to Making an Incredible Book Trailer that Sells – On a Budget
A simple book trailer can do wonders for your book promotions. Find out how you can stand out from the pack, and leverage the 3 Steps to a powerful trailer.
The Hidden Vampires in Your Prose: Start Using Active Form
We often introduce little vampires into our text that sap the life, weaken the nouns and cause our verbs to sag to their knees. Here’s some writing help!
The Mind Trap: How to Keep a Scene Interesting When a Character Thinks
A lot of beginning writers fall into a ‘mind trap’. Literally; they spend way too much time in their head. Some writing help to keep the scene moving.