“You can’t make money from your kitchen table.”
“You need a stable 9 -5 or you’ll end up homeless.”
“What are you gonna do about health insurance?”
For those of us who’ve been freelancing or running our own businesses for a while now, these types of questions usually don’t bother us, if they even register on our radar at all. But for people who are brand-new to freelancing and small business ownership, taking that plunge is a major leap of faith. …
I’ve had too much coffee.
Regardless, this article has managed to snag the top SERP position. So it seems like something a lot of writers wonder about.
A couple of weeks ago, I got this comment from reader Coach about purple prose:
Like you rightly said,” if teenagers will go crazy over it en masse, it’s probably purple”, nay, not just teenagers, everybody who loves reading enjoys the allure in purple prose, that is what makes a novel notable, and worth reading. They used to call those with the skills to write in that way, word smiths, didn’t they?”
What happened in the beginning of 2018?
So, last year’s year-in-review post left off with me about to launch Nefarious IV: The Dirigible Airship Disaster. The book officially released on Valentine’s Day. I had a Rafflecopter going for the book, and also ran a (somewhat) extensive email marketing campaign for the title. At the peak of the campaign, the book reached #34 in Gaslamp Fantasy.
Not too terribly bad for someone who didn’t experiment with any paid advertising methods. I earned about 100 bucks that month in royalties from that title alone. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much author marketing on…
We are going to cover my favorite genre, horror, and how to convey a decent amount of disgust and dread to your reader today.
What keeps us up at night? Tragedy.
Why do we believe in the fallacious Just World Theory? To make a feeble attempt at staving off tragedy.
What is regret? Tragic, and something everyone over the age of six months experiences.
What is the human condition? A tragedy.
First, I’d like to draw your attention to this article on Facebook’s recent announcement regarding the news feed algorithm. Late last summer, Facebook ran out of ad space. Essentially, the news feed became saturated by so many ads.
Now, if you carefully read that article I linked to, you can probably surmise that Facebook ad space will now come at a premium. Less ad space = more expensive ads. …
So with that said, let’s get started.
You’ll need a reader magnet.
It’s a free book you use as bait/to entice someone onto your email list.
“But Lucille, I don’t want to give away my work for free! Do you know how many hours I put into toawejtaoinalesnoaieoaej *dry heaves*”
Look, I know. It hurts to give away free work AT FIRST but bear with me. It’s actually in your best interest to do so. And I’m not advocating you give away a novel. Just a short story of around at least 5,000 words, maybe a little longer…
A year ago today, I was dusting off an old flash fiction piece I’d written several years prior. That piece would then become the cataclysmic scene in Nefarious One: A Dark and Erotic Tale.
At the time, I’d been writing off and on for about fifteen years. I’d never considered publishing. I was a hobbyist. In hindsight though, my biggest regret is not starting sooner.
I graduated right when Kindle first came on the market, and at the time, I floundered around trying to figure out what the hell to do with my life. No inspiration was ever forthcoming, and…
First, let’s define a short story:
A short story is a work of fiction that can be read in one sitting and ranges in length from 1000 and 20000 words.
Short stories usually have a theme, are comprised of one main character, and a transformative event that shapes him/her.
In order to write a short story effectively, you must make an outline, keep the pace, and establish mood.
1. Make an outline
Making an outline will help you keep the pace, which is extremely important for short story writing. …
How to Make a Great Story if Yours is Drier Than Burnt Toast
It’s all about the characters. Don’t even ask about plot. Plot doesn’t actually matter, it’s a red herring. What you need are humans, or at least, compelling composites of some in that addled writers head of yours.
There is a formula for this that works a bit like an inoculation from writer’s block.
Here it is:
Backstory gives characters values, which gives them motivations, which creates conflict.
Your plot is in the conflict, but you can’t get conflict without all those other ingredients.