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...
We publish a blog post to thousands of subscribers with a glaring grammatical error. Or we accidentally “cc” someone on a client’s confidential email. Or we quote a source incorrectly in an interview. Or we discover inconsistencies in a released novel, causing friction with our fiction.
With so many brilliant works already out there, staying fresh is more and more of a challenge for writers. But people constantly look for new twists and flavors in their reading material, and woe betide the writer who doesn’t deliver.
Sounds intimidating? You bet. But good writers manage to captivate their audience time and again with fresh ideas and details. The following principle will help you boost your originality, too.
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.
The back matter of your books is a powerful marketing tool. Anyone who has read that far is clearly interested in what you have to say. But they’re also on the verge of putting your writing down. This is your chance to hold their attention for the future and maybe to sell them more books.
Readers expect engaging storytelling and may stop turning pages if you don’t give it to them. If you tend to hesitate in the creation of your story, here are some steps to take to make your stories bolder.