Connection is Essential

We all seek a connection with others. Without it we stagnate and go through life performing the same actions without meaning. Connection is what makes everything we do worth doing. The digital age is here and it has changed the way people connect to one another. In some ways, this has been positive, and inContinue reading “Connection is Essential”

do you want your readers to change?

As writers, we want our books to influence others or at least resonate on a deep level. Over this last week, I’ve ran into the above question twice. Both times, it has really caused me to pause and think about it. Initially, I thought I don’t want my readers to change, but within a secondContinue reading “do you want your readers to change?”

Failure is an event not a personality trait

We have to be willing to risk failure to truly live and give back to the world. If there was no risk of failure involved, then there was no challenge to begin with. Everything I do, I do with all the fervor and passion I can muster. I give it all that I have, yesContinue reading “Failure is an event not a personality trait”

Book Cover Design

Why do people pick up the books they do? Have you been into a bookstore recently and looked at the shelves and shelves of new books? Or searched on Amazon for your next rainy day adventure? There are so many options out there for readers, which is fantastic and exactly how it should be, butContinue reading “Book Cover Design”

Interior Book Design

Have you ever really looked at a book? I don’t mean just the cover of it, but the interior of it too. As a reader, much of the design of a book goes unnoticed, which is what you want as a book designer. You want the reader to focus on the story and not onContinue reading “Interior Book Design”

Count down to Halloween

The costumes began appearing in stores a few weeks ago. The Spirit store and Halloween Store have opened their doors. The haunted houses have begun operation for the greatest of holidays, Halloween. I love Halloween. I get so excited the closer it gets. I’m not sure what I should be this year, last year IContinue reading “Count down to Halloween”

The Catcher in the Rye and Coffee

As I drove to Barnes and Noble, I knew I had to have a plan and I went in with determination and a plan. I was getting a copy of Catcher in the Rye, a coffee, and leaving. No browsing, no other books. I needed a classic book written in first person for ideas onContinue reading “The Catcher in the Rye and Coffee”

Hook your Readers

Five to ten pages, that’s it. If you don’t hook them into your story within that time, most readers will put the book down. In order to hook a reader, you have to grip them emotionally with action and a specific character. Throw them into the middle of some action. It doesn’t have to beContinue reading “Hook your Readers”

When is your WIP ready for publishing?

Let’s admit it, you could change your work in progress (WIP) endlessly. Sentences can be rewritten in a bunch of different ways. You can spend days choosing the perfect word to describe one moment. Paragraphs and scenes can be reordered, added, deleted, and amped up on crack. So how do you know when your bookContinue reading “When is your WIP ready for publishing?”

Tri-Writing

A triathlon is composed of three parts: the swim, the bike, and the run. As a triathlete, you have to train in all three of these areas to prepare for the goal, a specific race. Most people have their strong areas and their weaker ones. Writing can be broken down into three parts as well:Continue reading “Tri-Writing”