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Advantages to Self-Publishing
I have published fiction through traditional royalties-paying publishers, and I have self-published fiction and nonfiction with the Amazon.com Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. Both experiences have been good overall while having their pros and cons.
Antihero in The Devil She Knows
The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is a fast-paced, absorbing crime thriller, and a lot of fun to read. But more than that, it will teach you how to write a good antihero.
Bald Guy Writing Prompt
Here is an unusual picture writing prompt that has an air of mystery about it. The man has his back to us and not much can be inferred from his appearance. He is almost claustrophobically hemmed in by his surroundings, which seem to be mere texture in the background.
Beware the Mary Sue Character
The Mary Sue character reads like a too-perfect version of the author. With no faults, she has no depth or complexity, and therefore no story worth caring about. She drags down the strongest plot, but if you know her characteristics, you can transform her into someone real on the rewrite.
Big Man Little Man
This photo writing prompt might pique your creativity. The somewhat surrealistic photograph could inspire fiction from many different genres, especially horror or science-fiction.
Book Blurbs That Are Too Long
Try to keep your book blurb no longer than 200 to 300 words. Readers tend to scan book blurbs restlessly, sometimes many at once, looking for escapism and entertainment in a world bursting with choices. They will get bored and irritated if they have to read a too-long book blurb.
Boy with Bubbles Writing Prompt
Here is a photo writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing. A little boy stands in a grassy area, blowing soap bubbles with a wand. Does he remind you of yourself? What mood does the photograph convey to you?
Check out the Website DoesTheDogDie.com
The website DoesTheDogDie.com lists movies with succinct information on whether the plot of each requires an animal to be harmed or die. This enables the soft-hearted to avoid such movies. I wish there were an equivalent website for fiction books.
Coffee, Cigarettes, and Writer's Block
A fresh cup of coffee is in front of you, your cigarette is burning, the laptop is open, and its blank screen is staring back at you. We've all been there. You are ready to write, but nothing, not even one word, pops into your head.
Communicating With Your Beta Reader
Your working relationship with your beta reader is based on trust. That starts with understanding each otherís expectations and communication style.
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