This is a guest post by Lynn McPherson. Authors are often asked about inspiration. Where does it come from? How do ideas form? Answers may vary, ranging from reading the newspaper to watching a documentary to finding an old sock in a field. Today, I… Read More »Guest Post: Where Do Ideas Come From?
This is a guest post by Charlotte Morganti. For writers, research can be a joy, a pain, an obligation, a treasure hunt, a Pandora’s box, a journey (often wonderful, sometimes weird), or the best form of procrastination ever invented. Count me among the authors in… Read More »Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”￼
This is a guest post by Jim Napier. The buzzword in writing fiction these days is “write character-driven stories.” It’s become our mantra. Plots, actions, and even settings take second place in creating a gripping believable story featuring three-dimensional characters. People who readers can relate… Read More »Guest Post: What’s in a Name?
This is a guest post by Rosemary Mccracken I was a financial journalist when I set out to write my first mystery novel. I interviewed scores of financial planners and investment managers. I’d attended their conferences. I understood the issues they faced. There was, still… Read More »Guest Post: The Lure of Easy Money
Videos and podcasts may be great sources of advice, but it should come as no surprise that reading books is one of the best ways to improve your own writing. After all, where better to look for inspiration on how to write a novel or… Read More »Guest Post: 5 of the All-Time Best Books About Writing
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Do you ever wonder where some authors come up with their amazing ideas? Sure, there is a skill to getting those ideas written down, but imagination and creativity play a large role in their development.
Whether you’re already a full-time writer looking to develop a healthier and more sustainable approach to your craft, or you’re hoping to take the plunge soon and quit your day job, some tried and true strategies can help you succeed.