Kiss Your “As” Goodbye: A Simple Grammar Trick for Better Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A good grade in a high school or college English class doesn’t necessarily translate into the ability to write great fiction, so it’s easy for us to mistakenly think understanding grammar isn’t important for fiction writing at all. Isn’t that what a copy editor is for? Won’t they fix all your(…)

Behind the Scenes: Ava Louise and Mail Order Brides in Space

I have a special treat for you in this episode of Behind the Scenes. I asked Ava Louise to write a guest post for me because of how much the idea behind her series Intergalactic Matchmaking Services intrigued me. I don’t want to give too much away–I’ll leave that for her post–but I do want(…)

Five Words That Weaken Your Writing

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week, I released my newest Busy Writer’s Guide, Grammar for Fiction Writers, so today I wanted to give you a taste of what you can find inside. This is a section from “Chapter Nine: Weak Words.” I’m going to share five unspecific words that weaken your writing. Weak words are(…)

The Fine Line Between Forgiveness and Accountability

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m going to admit up front that I haven’t been a huge fan of the Transformers franchise. I loved Transformers as a child, but I felt the first of the more recent movies was okay, and then the second two went downhill from there. So I went into Transformers: Age of(…)

Have You Committed Word Crimes?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My next Busy Writer’s Guide is now out, and to celebrate, here’s some Weird Al Yankovic! Now, if you’re wondering why I’m playing a song about word crimes to celebrate the release of my newest book, it’s because the book is Grammar for Fiction Writers.  It’s not your same old boring grammar(…)

5 Guidelines for Approaching Book Review Bloggers

  By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last month I talked about self-published book awards as one means to help build word of mouth and credibility for your book. Today I want to talk about another important method for letting readers know our book exists and (hopefully) that they’ll enjoy it—blog reviews. I know blog tours have(…)

Behind the Scenes: Elementals and Tricky Mother-Daughter Relationships

Today I’d like you to welcome special guest Melinda VanLone. Melinda writes fantasy and science fiction, freelances as a graphic designer, and dabbles in photography. She currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and furbabies. When she’s not playing with her imaginary friends you can find her playing World of Warcraft, wandering aimlessly through(…)

Have You Orphaned Your Dialogue?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Have you orphaned your dialogue? You might think the question is odd, but orphaned dialogue is dialogue where the reader isn’t sure whose speaking, and it happens more than you might think. As the writer, we know exactly who’s speaking. We forget the reader can read only our words, not our(…)

How a Good Relationship Is Like a Ropes Course

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve always said I’m not afraid of heights. I’m afraid of falling from them. Or, more accurately, of the results of hitting the ground at the end of the fall. However you want to describe it, when I get any distance off the ground, I experience vertigo, accompanied by freezing and(…)

Self-Published Book Awards: Are They Right for You?

  By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Even though the stigma of self-publishing has decreased over the last few years, it can still be difficult for indie authors to find ways to gain recognition and respect for their books. Book awards are one way to help overcome that hurdle. Some of the best awards give the winners(…)