Here is your challenge this week. Go to Google. Go to Google IMAGES. Type in “Strange Photos.” You will find a panoply of, well, weird-ass images. Pick one. Use it as inspiration for a …
How being a psychotherapist helped me become a better writer I must admit, I’ve had an interesting career journey. For many years, Hollywood screenwriter… Read more ->
Bio: Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley). His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, Written By, and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His series of mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and the latest, Head Wounds, all from Poisoned Pen Press) features psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.
One of the pleasures of writing is the ability to draft a new world from scratch. You not only have god-like power to create characters, but baptize them as well. However, as every potential parent will tell you, choosing a name for their little darling isn’t as easy as it seems. Often names have cultural, religious, or ethnic significance. Many ancient societies had religious or magical naming rites. Modern Catholicism has Confirmation. A child selects a saint’s name in the belief the saint will guide moral choices. Names can also have a particular order depending on cultural conventions. In China, the surname or xing is first and usually, but not always, monosyllabic. The personal name or ming follows and is nearly always one syllable. Spanish naming custom draw from both sides of a child’s family. The given name is followed by two surnames; the first is from the father and the last from the mother.
Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and he wanted to pop in to talk about those New Year’s Resolutions you might have — especially the ones that might be waning at this point in the new year.
Grant Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing Month and co-founder of 100 Word Story. He recently published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, where portions of this essay originally appeared.
Marketing a new book can be a stressful endeavor. After all the hard work you’ve done to prepare for publication, you also need to take on promotional activities to reach your target audience and make the book rise in the rankings — whether you’re an indie or traditionally published author, a marketer at a publishing house, or a publicist.
The good news is, you’re not alone! To give you some inspiration for when it’s time to promote your next book, we compiled a flipbook of 45 quotes from authors in which they offer advice and tips on marketing a book — from high level inspiration to in-the-weeds promotional strategies.
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To give you inspiration for when it’s time to promote your next book, we compiled a flipbook of 45 quotes from authors. They had plenty of tips to share!
Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018: 12 Experts Weigh In
Ready to prepare for a great year of freelance writing? It’s time for my annual freelance forecast, with all-new predictions on the trends that smart writers will capitalize on in the coming year.
I feel pretty good about how my 2017 predictions worked out. But this year, I decided to take it up a level. I asked all the savvy observers of the freelance scene I know to weigh in with their predictions, too.
What new trends are growing? What will pay well and what will be a bust? Read on to learn what freelancers will we see more and less of in 2018.
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A stunning book cover is one of the best marketing tools for any writer!
It is absolutely crucial, especially if you are self-publishing, to have an excellent book cover that grabs attention – from a 1-inch-size image.
Your cover image and title are your attention tools. If they attract a reader, this reader will have a look at your book’s content (“Look Inside”) and check out the book reviews to make a purchasing decision.
When I was entered college at 17 years old, I had one goal in mind. I was going to be a veterinarian, just like Melody in Love’s New Hope. But unlike Melody, it wasn’t tragedy that made me switch gears in college, it was growing up.
When I was young, I had two loves: Storytelling, and animals. Writing and storytelling are hard-work, and discipline. Animals make us more empathetic and in tune with the needs of another. Naturally, I drifted more toward working with animals, pets, and horses, and found less time for writing and storytelling.
So when I went to college at Virginia Tech, I set my sights on becoming a veterinarian. But while in school, I also took several English and creative writing courses. I found my love for storytelling again. I ended up switching majors and getting my degree in Creative Writing instead, but I kept a minor in equestrian studies and took several classes at the school of veterinary medicine.