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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(…)

Writing in Multiple Genres or Specializing

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) One of the empowering, amazing parts of being an independent author is we get to choose. That ability to choose and experiment is one of the things that drew me to self-publishing rather than trying to work with a traditional publisher. A lot of the choices we make won’t have a(…)

How to Use Layers to Create Rich Character Emotions

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) One of the least effective ways to convey character emotions is to tell the reader what the character was feeling: fear, love, jealousy, anger. Before I go on to look at how we can create a rich emotional life for our characters that will touch our readers’ emotions, I think we(…)

Dissecting Books: Reading as a Writer Part 4

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my series on how to dissect books to understand how and why they work. In other words, how to “read as a writer.” (Here’s where to find Part 1 [openings], Part 2 [plot], and Part 3 [characters and theme].) This week we’re going to dig down into the(…)

Writing to Market

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Writing to market isn’t a new concept, but recently it’s become one of the hot topic issues within the writing world, largely thanks to Chris Fox’s 21 Day Novel Challenge. On one side of the divide over writing to market are authors who say that writing to market is the way(…)

Dissecting Books: Reading as a Writer Part 3

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my series on how to dissect books to understand how and why they work. In other words, how to “read as a writer.” (Here’s where to find Part 1 and Part 2.) Last time we looked at plot. This week we’re going to think about characters and theme.(…)

Is KDP Select Right for You?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Because I was away teaching at a writer’s conference last week, I didn’t manage to share my regular monthly guest post with all of you. I didn’t want you to miss it, so I’m sharing it a little late. This month, I’m going over the pros and cons of KDP Select.(…)

Is It Important for Writers to Also Be Readers?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As an editor and writing instructor, I have the privilege of talking to a lot of writers, at a lot of different career stages. So it’s not unusual for patterns to crop up—ideas, trends, challenges, and myths. Today I want to debunk one of the myths I’ve heard frequently of late.(…)