RSSCategory: Writer’s Dojo

How to write emotion and depth of character.

February 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to write emotion and depth of character.

Author Becca Puglisi looks at how to write three-dimensional characters using positive and negative traits, what writers get wrong in writing characters and how emotional wounds can strengthen our writing through character arcs.

Read More

Turning your novel into an audio-book.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Turning your novel into an audio-book.

Here’s an interesting interview with Kevin Tumlinson (from publishing aggregator Draft2Digital). The company offers services to indie authors and is about to add to them with a new offering for delivering audio-books based on your novels.

Read More

Swimming against the conventional wisdom of indie publishing?

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Swimming against the conventional wisdom of indie publishing?

Here’s an interesting podcast from the crew of the Sell More Books Show – the topic of the week is swimming against the conventional wisdom of indie publishing.

Read More

What makes a story great?

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
What makes a story great?

What makes a story great? For example, what sets apart a story that wins major awards from one that doesn’t? What makes one story monumental, a landmark in its field, while another story fades from memory? Read author Dave Farland’s piece over at http://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writingtips-what-makes-a-story-great for the three answers to this question!

Read More

How to become a prolific writer with a day job.

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to become a prolific writer with a day job.

Can you write and hold down a day job at the same time? There’s a common belief – and a few myths that support it – that you can only do one or the other. But that’s not true says author Bryan Hutchinson, in his piece over at http://positivewriter.com/prolific-writer-day-job/

Read More

Tips for writing film/tv scripts that sell.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tips for writing film/tv scripts that sell.

The world of screenwriting is a notoriously difficult one to break into – and equally difficult to remain active in even when you’ve had your time as the flavor of the month. Not every novelist can write screenplays, and not every screenwriter can write novels – but if you’re thinking of translating your story to the screen, here are a few core tips that will ensure your screenplay gets a fair read… either at the producer’s table, or by an agent eager to shop your work to the world. https://www.autocrit.com/blog/2017/06/07/6-tips-writing-script-sells/

Read More

Fight! Fight! Fight! How to write epic battle scenes.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fight! Fight! Fight! How to write epic battle scenes.

Writer Hannah Collins offers up some excellent tips on “How to Write an Epic Battle Scene.” Whether it’s a muddy siege on a Medieval castle, rugged cowboys firing pistols from horseback, or a laser-beam shoot-’em-up in another galaxy, a great battle scene is a staple of action stories. High stakes, high body count, and – if it is in space – really, really high up. https://www.standoutbooks.com/write-epic-battle-scene/

Read More

Courting the muse.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Courting the muse.

“Let’s face it,” says writing coach David Farland, “many writers actually avoid writing. In fact, I know lots of writers who have given up completely, but they all seem to do it in different ways.” Oh yes, let me count the ways. You can read his article over at http://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writingtips-time-wasting-techniques-for-writers

Read More

Fighting the good guy?

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fighting the good guy?

Author Christine Frazier investigates making your character conflict more interesting, in her latest article: “Why Your Novel’s Hero Should Fight a Good Guy (in 11 Uncontrived Steps).” http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/hero-hurts-friend/

Read More

Is that the time, Mrs Author?

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Is that the time, Mrs Author?

Writer K. M. Weiland looks at the subject of keeping track of time in your plots, with her fascinating piece entitled: “Three Easy Ways You’ve Never Thought of to Keep Track of Time in Your Novel.” Read the article over at https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/keeping-track-of-time/

Read More