How Genetics Can Move Your Story Forward

 Feb 28, 2017

What do genetics have to do with writing fiction? Everything.

The debate of Nature versus Nurture will likely rage on until the end of time, but the fact remains that many of our traits are down to simple genetics. Hair and eye color are just some of these traits that you have to keep in mind when creating a character. Here's how to get your genetics right.


Market Your Writing  

Are You Missing This Often Overlooked Venue of Marketing Your Writing?

 Apr 11, 2017

About a week ago, three of the scariest-looking guys I’ve ever seen walked up to me out of the blue. Then, even more out of the blue, they asked, “Hey, man, mind if we stop you for a picture?” It’s not the first time that’s happened, but it always leaves me surprised and tinged with gratefulness.  

Do you want your writing to take you on the way to become a local (or maybe global) celebrity? Charity starts at home, but often so does marketing. Here’s how.



Growing Thicker Skin: How to Handle Rejection and Criticism

 Mar 28, 2017

Let’s face it, sometimes criticism sucks. It can come in the form of a scathingly bad review, or it can just be someone who reads your latest and calls you to say, “That wasn’t quite as great as we expected.” It’s no walk in the park, and I know that for too many authors it feels like a full-scale attack. (To some, rejection feels like much of the same.) It’s normal to feel that way, but you’ll be glad to know that rejection and criticism can both be great things. Here’s how to turn rejection and deal with criticism...



Writing Fear that Will Give You the Shivers

 May 9, 2017

When you write about fear, you want your readers to experience anything from a tingle between their shoulder blades to blood-curdling horror. Writing effective fear is a good trick to master. Here’s a look at the mechanics behind fear, the elements that make up a perfect horror flick, and the techniques you can use to terrify your readers.