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Is This Magnetic Putty Alive?

Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature! In the past we’ve looked at sleeping in an ice hotel, sleeping under water, and a bat that looks like Jedi Master Yoda. This week, it’s some unbelievable science. Watch as the magnetic putty “eats” the cube. Think it was hungry? I hope this isn’t too much(…)

Inner Dialogue in Your Fiction: What It Is and How to Tell Good from Bad

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve received a lot of questions via email lately on inner dialogue (also known as internal monologue), which usually means it’s time for me to write a post on something So welcome to the first in a three-part series on how to handle the voices inside your characters’ heads. First we(…)

Three Tips for Making the Most of Your Time With a Freelance Editor

Today I’m over at the lovely Karen McFarland’s blog. I know that hiring a freelance editor can be expensive, so I’m talking about how to make the most of your time working with a freelance editor, especially if you’re on a limited budget. I hope you’ll join me there. And don’t forget that I’m offering(…)

What Makes Someone a Hero?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When we think of heroes, we often think of James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Batman. The men who save the world and get the girl. But there’s another kind of hero who often gets overlooked. In Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack climbs the beanstalk along with some of the king’s best(…)

Would You Sleep 40 Feet Underwater?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Every girl who watched The Little Mermaid growing up was enchanted by Ariel’s undersea home. So imagine my delight when I discovered someone had built an underwater resort for adults. Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem(…)

Three Things Writers Need to Understand About Designing Ebooks

I like to think my blog is a safe place where we can meet as writers regardless of the publishing path we choose. For that reason, I try to bring you posts that will apply equally well to traditional, hybrid, and indie authors. While those of you heading down a traditional path might not think(…)

Is It Better to Be a Good Person or a Great One?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you told me I had to choose between being a good person or a great one, I’d choose to be good. Oz at the beginning of Oz: The Great and Powerful wanted the opposite. He wanted greatness. Oz is a magician and a conman in 1905. He lies to women(…)

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

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. I’m at Writers in the Storm today with a post I’m very excited about and(…)

I’m Giving Away a Short Story

Twisted sleepwalking. A frozen goldfish in a plastic bag. And a woman afraid she’s losing her grip on reality. That’s a peek at “Purple,” the short story I’m giving away starting today as a thank you to anyone who signs up for my brand new newsletter (which I’ll tell you about in just a minute).(…)

Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make on Facebook and How to Avoid Them

I have a very special guest to introduce to you today. My long-time friend, critique partner, and co-writer on my Amazon novel is here to talk to you about Facebook. Lisa Hall-Wilson is passionate about making the world a better place one get-off-your-butt-and-do-something article at a time. She’s a call-it-as-she-sees-it truth teller and freelance writer,(…)