Lesson # 88: Describing a Scene

The dog rested on the couch, curled into a tight ball, snoot hanging over the edge surrounded by a pile of sheet music and research articles. Wind howled outside the window blowing snow from here to Montana in a single gust as frigid air seeped into the room—goosebumps erupted on my arms. The carpet in […]

Lesson #65: Strengthening Characters

In this lesson, we’ll discuss how to strengthen an already-existing character. Check out Lessons #62, #63, and #64 to learn more about strengthening plot, voice, and setting. Questions to Ask Are you editing an old manuscript? Have you transferred a character from one story to another? Are you editing your current manuscript and noticing some […]

Lesson #58: Purpose of Crit Groups

Purpose of Crit Groups  Let me preface this post by stating this: I am part of one of the best critique groups on the planet. You’ve heard me reference my bloodthirsty crit partners several times. And I probably should point out that my bloodthirsty crit partners are also contributors to this resource. Kim, Becca, and […]

Lesson #40: Self-Publishing Pros and Cons

Self Publishing: Is it the right option for you?   Less than a decade ago self-publishing was called vanity publishing. It was frowned upon by many professionals.   But that changed. Now it’s called self-publishing. Well known authors such as Brandilyn Collins and James Scott Bell have gone that route. Joanna Penn, of the amazing […]