Using Whom in Fiction

By Chris Saylor Deciding whether to use who or whom is one of those tricky areas of writing. How do you keep track of which word goes where? The answer is actually pretty simple: who is used as a subject, while whom is used as an object. One way to remember when to use these(…)

Creating Single-Author Box Sets: Part One

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) One of the important elements of a successful indie author career is putting out as many products as possible (without sacrificing quality). The more items we have for sale, the better our chances that someone will stumble upon one of them or find one that interests them. Box sets are a(…)

Homophone of the Month: Complement vs. Compliment

By Chris Saylor Most of us learn to speak the language before we learn to read it. As such, it’s no surprise that, when two words sound the same, we sometimes have a difficult time telling them apart. Usually these words are spelled differently but pronounced the same way. We call these homophones. For one(…)

Understanding Goal, Motivation, and Conflict: MOTIVATION

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last time we talked about goal in the triad of goal, motivation, and conflict. This week, we’re going to take the next step by talking about motivation. Motivation is one of the most powerful forces in fiction. Our readers will follow our characters through anything as long as they believe the(…)

How to Punctuate Dialogue

By Chris Saylor It’s easy for fiction writers to get tripped up on when to use a period, where that comma should go, and how to even use all the other forms of punctuation correctly. The truth is, you don’t need to know what every piece of punctuation does when you’re writing fiction. But you(…)

Understanding Goal, Motivation, and Conflict: GOAL

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The foundation of every functional novel is goal, motivation, and conflict. What your character wants, why they want it, and what they’re willing to endure to get it. Sounds simple in principle, right? But I’ve seen a lot of people struggle with this, so over the next few weeks, I’m going(…)

Should Fiction Writers Care About Grammar?

By Chris Saylor Some people believe that, when you’re writing fiction, you can throw all the rules of grammar out the window. We’ll call this the It’s Not Important camp. They say that grammar is too fickle—the rules of grammar are seemingly in constant flux, and they’re too nitpicky to begin with, especially for fiction(…)

How a Novel Is Like a Human Body

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve come to believe that part of the reason writers can work for years on a book and still have it be unready for publication is because we don’t always understand the different layers that need to go into a great story. A lot of this happens because most of us(…)

Indie Choices: To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In traditional publishing, many of the choices are taken out of our hands, including sometimes whether or not to use a pen name. As independent authors, this becomes another choice we’re able to make ourselves based on what we think is best for our situation and our business. Authors use pen(…)

Want to Make Revisions Easier? Create an Editorial Map

The tables are turned on me today. Normally each month I head over to Janice Hardy’s Fiction University (and I will still be there next week), but this month I also have the extremely nice and talented Janice Hardy here to share her knowledge with all of you as part of her blog tour for(…)