Writer’s Block: Dialogue

Formatting Rules Every time someone new speaks you start a new paragraph – even when a character only says one word! These new paragraphs are

Author Adventure: Beta Readers

Just as gaming companies release beta versions of their games for feedback about play through and game mechanics, an author may want to release a

Writer’s Block: Environment, the Silent Character

Creating complex characters that vivid helps to keep readers engaged. We all know this is true and important when writing. Few seem to realize that

Author Adventure: Market Research – The Bookstore Laboratory

An important part of publishing is knowing how to market your book. Before you can get into the specifics of how the publishing industry works,

Writer’s Block: Story Structure Part 5 – Dramatica

Dramatica Theory of Story was developed over a 14 year period by Chris Huntley. It theorizes why stories exist and examines both the processes and

Writer’s Block: Story Structure Part 4 – The Virgin’s Promise

The Virgin’s Promise archetype has many phases, as many as the Hero’s Journey we just finished reviewing. Like the Hero’s Journey, the protagonist can be

Writers Block: Story Structure Part 3 Hero’s Journey Continued

Hero’s Journey Continued Act Two: The Departure Approach to the Inmost Cave This may be an actual location where terrible danger lies or may be

Author Adventure: Queries, Synopsis, and Outlines – Oh my!

You’ve written your book and keep hearing about sending queries and the pain of writing a synopsis or an outline. But what are these things?

Writers Block: Point of View

In a story someone is always between us and the events unfolding – a viewer, a speaker, or both. Stories are always mediated. One of