How to Interview your Character

I’m not a big fan of doing character profiles that span years of randomness that may or may not make it into the story. In some cases, the background detail can inform the story we’re writing—but in other cases, not so much. We can actually get ourselves in a bind … READ MORE

My Top Three Creativity Enforcers

Creativity is a force within us that is susceptible to external energies. The benefit to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our actions, behavior, and mindset. The drawback to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our … READ MORE

Story Structure–Midpoint

The Midpoint is a major turning point that occurs in the middle of all stories. This event falls smack-dab into the thick of things, so for it to make a difference, it’s got to fulfill several jobs: Raises the stakes for the hero Turns the story in a completely new … READ MORE

Grammar Grumble – Apostrophes

The apostrophe is one of the most misunderstood punctuation marks around. Probably because there are three different uses for it, each of which applies under some (but not all) circumstances: -marks omissions in contracted words -marks possession -marks plural form OMISSIONS IN CONTRACTED WORDS Two-word contractions The apostrophe replaces the … READ MORE

Why you need a story hook

The purpose of a story hook is to engage readers and lure them into your story. The basic definition behind a hook is “pose a question the reader wants answered.” That’s a good start, but how do you actually make that question interesting? I mean, it’s not like you necessarily … READ MORE

How to write a story premise

A story premise helps you know what kind of story you’re writing. This may seem like an odd step—after all, if you’re writing the story shouldn’t you know what kind of story you’re writing? The funny thing about stories, especially long-form stories, is that they tend to go off and … READ MORE

Why You Struggle with Time Management

If you’re struggling with time management or productivity, take back your control by starting with writing something every day. The key word is “something” — as generic a word that is. Something could be a journal entry, a poem, a dream, a blog post, a conversation overheard in the coffee … READ MORE

Announcing Author Britt Skrabanek

  Today was a bittersweet day for me as a self-published author. I received print proofs for the remaining two ebooks in my backlist pile. I started the process of converting my three books into paperback editions last summer. Yeah, yeah…it’s April now. Working on this paperback book project happened … READ MORE

Announcing Author H. A. Dawson

Welcome H. A. Dawson, author of the psychological suspense series “Circles Of Subterfuge.”   I regularly read Kate’s Facebook threads on writing, book critique analysis and author support. She has a wide audience with different abilities and her professional encouragement has long-term benefits. The subject threads spurred me on to … READ MORE

How to use plan and action to achieve goals

Welcome back to the final post in my 4-part series on goal setting. The main point behind setting goals is to help us be more productive and to move forward on whatever path we choose. Today we’re talking about how to use plan and action to help you achieve your … READ MORE