Hero vs. Villain

Hello everyone. In the last year I’ve taken quite a few lessons about the craft of writing a novel. There are lots of ingredients to the recipe, in case you didn’t know. If you are a romance writer, there is a lot out there about how to create “Heroes To Die For.” I’ve read these things, and listened to the advice. The problem for me…

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Keep the Scrap Heap

Artist of all kinds have scraps. Be it canvas smeared with oil paint, half-formed sculptures, sketches gone wrong, or poems that won’t flow. I have notebooks and files filled with scraps, but they aren’t junk! On the contrary, my scrap heap is a treasure trove. I swear I’m not a hoarder. The reason I keep my scraps and why I advise other writers do so…

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More Advice on Book Trailers

Over the last weekend, I watched some new book trailers and decided I wasn’t finished talking about this just yet. I saw some really impressive and probably expensive work. I also noted some serious problems with the professionally executed trailers. While being visually stunning and green-eye inducing, it seemed they lost sight of the main goal of a book trailer- TO SELL BOOKS. Remember, if…

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The Muse on Sabbatical

Hello! If you’re a writer like me, you’ve probably seen many articles on the web about the Muse. Or whole chapters in writing books on the subject. People ask authors where they get their inspiration and authors feel compelled to give an answer. Maybe you’ve gotten some good ideas, or come across some advice that helped you. But chances are, reading these things just took…

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