Looking through time: 2015 and 2016

The year 2015 is coming to an end. And what a year it was! There was much turmoil and change in the self-publishing industry; many success stories too. The rest of the world is in various stages of upheaval, and tragedy as well as victory are sprinkled all over the planet. Even though I’m touched (to not say horrified and sometimes thrilled)Continue reading “Looking through time: 2015 and 2016”

Writing out of sequence – The best way to write

There are essentially two ways in which you can draft a longer work of fiction: You can draft it linearly, in the same way a reader would read it, writing chapters in their logical order. Or you can draft it out of sequence, jumping forward and back, to: write all chapters related to a specific sub-plot inContinue reading “Writing out of sequence – The best way to write”

13 Things I Learned About Writing Faster

The speed of publication is one of the biggest advantages of self-publishing. No longer do you have to wait one year (or more) between release dates. You can publish whenever you’re ready. And when you publish often, especially if you put out books in the same series in rapid succession, you get increased visibility & greater reader engagement.Continue reading “13 Things I Learned About Writing Faster”

The Power of MOMENTUM, and the Triple C Of Productivity

Over the past couple of months I’ve been neck deep in planning, drafting and editing book #2 in my Ascendancy Trilogy, and I’ve learned a great deal about writing productivity. And quite a bit about how perfectionism plays into—or rather against it. It’s no secret I have an issue with perfectionist thinking, as it’s one of theContinue reading “The Power of MOMENTUM, and the Triple C Of Productivity”

THE EGGSHELL HERO – How to build a story upon a dramatic character arc

All good stories must have a plot — a sequence of events that is logical, inevitable, and relentlessly propells the story (and reader) forward. Mostly, the plot is external action. But sometimes—and literary writers will nod vigurously here—the plot is internal, and barely accompanied by grand outward action. Instead, it’s made of incremental revelations, decisions, and reflections, allContinue reading “THE EGGSHELL HERO – How to build a story upon a dramatic character arc”