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Three Surprising Writing Problems Solved By Understanding Internal Dialogue

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Today marks the end of my summer blogging travels, where I have some fun by guest posting at other sites. While I still guest post a little during the rest of the year, it’s significantly less than in the summer months. Next month, my regular blogging schedule returns. For my final(…)

Creating Our Author Business Plan: Book by Book Marketing

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The marketing section of our author business plan is unique in that we need to think about our overall marketing strategy as well as the specific marketing activities we’re going to use for each individual book we produce. Last month I talked about developing our overall marketing plan, and this month(…)

5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Understanding why something is important to our writing lays the foundation for bettering our writing because it acts as a measuring post. When we know why we should do something and what benefit we’re supposed to gain by doing it, it helps us recognize when we’re not receiving that benefit. Please(…)

5 Techniques for Amazing Internal Dialogue

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If I took a survey asking writers what the most important elements of fiction were, I’d probably end up with a few consistent answers—plot, characters, dialogue, showing rather than telling. We might not automatically think of including internal dialogue on the list, but we should. Internal dialogue is the heartbeat of(…)

7 Ways to Make Yourself a Better Writer in 7 Days

By Marcy Kennedy (@marcykennedy) I wanted to take a quick break from posts on writing craft topics and instead give you a list of fresh techniques to help you become a better writer. Do one of these each day in the coming week, and you’ll improve as a writer in ways that can’t be learned(…)

How to Use Your Logline, Tagline, and Pitch to Create a Stronger Story

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Most of us think of a logline, tagline, and pitch as marketing tools we write after we’ve written our story so that we can use them to land an agent or as our book’s cover copy. We’re doing it backwards. If we wait until we’re done with our book, any problems(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Marketing Plan

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The marketing section of our author business plan is unique in that we need to think about our overall marketing strategy as well as the specific marketing activities we’re going to use for each individual book we produce. It’s important that we look at it from both levels. Doing so provides(…)

6 Clues You’re Overusing Internal Dialogue in Your Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Internal dialogue is one of the most powerful tools in a fiction writer’s arsenal. It’s an advantage we have over TV and movie script writers and playwrights. It’s also one of the least understood and most often mismanaged elements of the writing craft. As writers, we each tend to either overuse(…)

The Secret to Destroying Episodic Writing in Three Easy Steps

By Marcy Kennedy (@marcykennedy) One of the main causes of the saggy middle syndrome many books suffer from is episodic writing. Episodic writing also makes our books feel slow to the reader. “What’s episodic writing?” you might ask. Episodic writing is when your story is composed of a series of loosely related events. Those events(…)

50 Years Ago This Island Didn’t Exist

By Marcy Kennedy (@marcykennedy) Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature. One of the great myths is Atlantis–the advanced civilization whose island sank into the ocean. Although Atlantis is a myth, an island actually exists in our world that appeared and is now disappearing. Surtsey formed between 1963 and 1967 from volcanic eruptions off(…)