How to Handle Negative Book Reviews

How to Handle Negative Book Reviews

How to Handle Negative Book Reviews Are They Constructive or Destructive? The dreaded subject of how to handle reviews. I’m asked this all the time and the best way for me to give advice is to share my own struggle! As always, these posts are real and from my gut. I won’t make them politically correct and I’ll always tell it like it is.   True Story It was January 2011 when I released my debut novel, IOU, which has since been retitled, Carlo. Like many new authors, I was absolutely…

How To Get Started With Journaling

How To Get Started With Journaling

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. SeussHow To Get Started With Journaling Journaling is an ancient tradition, dating back many centuries and across many different cultures. At its simplest, journaling is the act of putting your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and experiences to paper. It’s a written record of your true self—one that can be typed out using a keyboard, or written longhand on paper. There are no rules when it comes to journaling. All it takes is a willingness to…

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William ShakespeareI want to write a book, but where do I start? I’ve been asked this question a lot! For a new writer or even a beginner, that’s an excellent question. And we’re going to explore how I take an idea and turn it into a novel. Keep in mind, every author has their own way of doing this. Some are plotters, and some are pansters but at the end of the day, the idea is turned…

Writing Practices: Confusing Words

Writing Practices: Confusing Words

When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it. Philip RothA Quick Vocabulary Booster Because of the seemingly infinite number of words in the English language, getting definitions and syntax mixed up can be a common problem. Most of us know the difference between “there” “they’re” and “their” but there are plenty of words that can be confused just as easily. For those of you who need a resource for confusing words and how to use them correctly, this article is a great place to start….

Writing Practices: Oxford Comma

Writing Practices: Oxford Comma

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss   If you’re just starting to read this post and are unsure what the Oxford comma is, don’t worry. Everything will make sense very soon.   What’s an Oxford Comma? The Oxford comma separates lists with the extra comma before the “and” that precedes the final list item. Example: I’ll need some of my personal tools, duct tape, and a mask. And without the Oxford comma it will look…

Character Names that Captivate

Character Names that Captivate

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! – Ray Bradbury  How important are character names? Honestly, it’s pretty significant. Let’s look at the male name in movies for a second. If you notice in movies there are perceived “strong” names used for male characters all the time and for some reason, we as the audience, seem to gravitate toward those characters. Is it because of their name? Maybe not. But let’s look at a common name used in movies and books. Let’s take the name “Jack” as…

Your Writing Voice

Your Writing Voice

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham   There comes a moment in a writer’s life where their writing voice becomes unique and their own. I think finding ones writing voice is as important as the story itself. That voice is yours and no one else’s. Have you ever picked up a book and knew who wrote it before you actually knew who it was? Maybe Stephen King is your favorite author, and…

Just F*&#*&G Write

Just F*&#*&G Write

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway    So You Think You’re a Writer? “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury I love Ray Bradbury (RIP). He’s a writer who knew what he was talking about. More importantly, he gave some damn great advice to new authors, aspiring writers and published authors. As often…