All posts in category Writing & Promotion Tips

Show and Tell 9/27/2019

by Suzanne D. Williams Don’t tell me the story. Show me the story. Too often people read this rule and focus all their attention on how to break it. That’s like climbing backwards up a waterfall – entirely the wrong method. Instead, worry about when and how to break the rule when you understand how to use […]

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The Case For Telling

by Nike N. Chillemi Show don’t tell has become somewhat of a mantra in serious writing circles. I’m not opposed to showing. I think authors should show as much as possible, but should not build an altar to it. Not every single movement the characters takes and thought they have needs to be […]

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What I Wish Someone Told Me

by Suzanne D. Williams I got it into my head to write fiction one afternoon, and I wish someone had sat me down and given me “the talk.” I’m not sure I would have listened. Anyone enthusiastic about a new project goes deaf, at first. You know how it is, you become an expert inside of […]

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Stepping Outside Your Box: Writing about a culture different from your own

by Parker J. Cole My newest release is called A Bride for Wen Hui. It’s my take and understanding of Chinese culture in the last dynastic rule before the People’s Republic of China came to be. It is during a turbulent time in Chinese history as China began to lose itself to Western powers (U. […]

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I Can Write

by Suzanne D. Williams I’m not a go-getter or a trendsetter. Stand me in front of a crowd, and chances are, I won’t know what to say. I don’t like to participate. I don’t want to attend parties, dinners, basically any sort of get-together. I appreciate being invited, that you thought of me, but seriously, don’t expect me to come. If I come, I don’t want to shake […]

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Writing Tips

by Lisa M. Prysock Writing is a growing process, and many writers, myself included, tell me they learn from what they write.  Here’s your first tip–:  Even if you feel as though you were born to write, it takes practice, time, trial and error, and focus.  However, if you haven’t published anything yet, I encourage […]

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The Knight’s Chivalrous Duty to Rescue the Damsel

by Parker J. Cole When one hears the word ‘knight’, the image that comes to mind is of a medieval soldier adorned in armor, riding upon a horse, and ablaze in honor and glory. Our stalwart hero swears fealty and loyalty to a ruler, or a king, and promises to protect the interests […]

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Reader’s Tips: Excerpt

by BJ Robinson To let reader’s know what I’m working on, I’m reworking Romance Under the Oaks, a Christian historical romance. If you enjoy historical romance, in the meantime, The Belle and the Officer and the Azalea Plantation Series are available for great summer reads. All are inspirational. Excerpt for Romance Under the Oaks A […]

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Dealing With All The Junk

by Suzanne D. Williams I read a piece of writing advice that has been helpful to me. The writer gave instruction on how to introduce backstory and avoid the dreaded info-dump. In case, you aren’t familiar with this term, an “info-dump” is exactly what the name suggests—barraging the reader with too much information, or set-up, at once. Suddenly, they don’t […]

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In Defense of the Damsel in Distress

by Parker J. Cole Some time ago, I was at a friend’s house and she wore a shirt that said something to the effect of, “I’m not the damsel in distress, I’m the dragon.” I thought it was cute at the time but something about it bothered me but I wasn’t quite sure what. I gnawed […]

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