If you were your character…

Today, I will address rule #15 of Emma Coats’ 22 Rules of Storytelling. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. In Something Different This Year, I would feel disregarded and disrespected. I would feel like directing loyalty toward myself Read more…

What’s on my bookshelf? The Writer’s Idea Book

From my bookshelf, The Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron, published in 2000. [Note: There is also a 10th Anniversary Edition.] It’s broken down into four sections: Bending and Stretching, Exploring, Finding Form, and Assessing and Developing. To quote the author: “…the tone of the book will vary, from high-minded Read more…

What’s on my bookshelf? The Wizard of Ads

  Here is the first of an occasional wordinventions feature, What’s on my bookshelf? I hope you like it. Today: Marketing consultant Roy Williams’ The Wizard of Ads from the trilogy by the same name. Quote: “Intellect is to be cherished. Please don’t think I’m trying to diminish it. I’m merely Read more…

Twitter Gems: July 10-14

IndieAuthorsAlliance @IndieAuthorALLI Book Marketing Ideas for Indie Authors: Introducing the New Bookfunnel Bundle #author bit.ly/2umr57V David Gaughran @DavidGaughran Scammers Break The Kindle Storehttps://t.co/5s7fqjTBfs Kindle Direct Pub  @AmazonKDP Some guiding words from KDP author @jaltucher. IndieAuthorsAlliance @IndieAuthorALLI 5 Top tips to Boost Your Productivity bit.ly/2evBWDL#selfpub [I’ve been working on the ‘road map’ Read more…

Twitter Gems July 3-7

1. Brain Pickings @brainpickings Some of the greatest writers of the past century on how to handle criticism   https://t.co/DvCwfSOue4 2. Erika Dreifus @erikadreifus A self-publishing primer from @JaneFriedman is among this week’s Finds for Writers: wp.me/p4x0h8-bKZ. 3. Jon Winokur  @AdviceToWriters You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you Read more…

22 Storytelling Tips by Emma Coats

This list, which I believe originated from a set of Tweets by Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats in 2012, is a go-to resource/set of reminders for me as I work on my fiction. Multiple iterations are spread across the Internet. Here is one:  22 Storytelling Tips by Emma Coats