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…

Writing Practices: Clichés

Writing Practices: Clichés

“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just technical.” Derrick Jensen Why Clichés are frowned upon  Try not to get all bent out of shape here, but it’s time to talk about clichés and how they’re breaking the bank. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it, because we’re going to nip clichés in the bud right now.  Before you make a break for it, hear me out. Most of the phrases in that last paragraph are clichés. The…

Writing Practices: Dialogue Tags

Writing Practices: Dialogue Tags

“I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie How to Work With Dialogue Tags So, you’re working on your dialogue and you think it’s boring and cliché. You may feel that way because you’ve found yourself relying too heavily on “said” and “asked” and you think readers will give up after reading the same two words thousands of times. If that’s how you feel, well, you’re not entirely alone. I’ve edited books from new…