Writing Advice: Reviews – Good & Bad

The question of re-posting bad reviews came up in an author group discussion and my immediate answer was why would you re-post a bad review? When promoting your work, always highlight the positive, never the negative. That said, even a bad review will have some kernel that can be used …

Writing Advice: Carve Out Time

When it comes to writing and finishing books, you don’t make time. You don’t get time. You don’t fit it in some time. You CARVE out time. You draw your line in the sand and stand your ground. Life happens. You can’t stop life from happening, but not all life …

Writing Advice: Mailing Lists / Newsletters

I’ve developed a HUGE pet peeve since becoming an author and it has to do with mailing lists. I have one. Most people like mailing lists, because they are targeted promotion to people who WANT to receive news about what you’re selling. My pet peeve is when people do it …

Writing Advice: Muse Is Always Right

In retail, the customer is always right. In writing, the muse (or voices in your head or inspiration or whatever you want to call it) is always right. To put it another way — when you muse says write something, WRITE IT. Don’t argue with your muse. Seriously, you’re going …

Writing Advice: Become an Author

I’m thanking Flash for this week’s topic. People keep asking her how to become a writer. My immediate answer to that — you don’t BECOME a writer. Writers write. We have stories we want to tell. Correction, we have stories we HAVE to tell or else they won’t leave us …