Do You Trust In First Impressions?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Many of us put a lot of faith in first impressions.   In the movie I, Robot, the year is 2035, and robots are now a regular part of life as household servants and members of the public service professions. As the movie opens, Detective Del Spooner has been called in(…)

A Crash Course in Mystery Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my genre examination I’ll still be covering romance and horror. If there’s any genre that I haven’t covered that you wish I would, please leave a comment or send me an email. If enough people request a post on a not-yet-covered genre, I’ll happily oblige. These Thursday writing posts are(…)

Star Trek Universal Translator Coming Soon?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) According to this article on, we might not be that far away from a Star Trek-like universal translator. On May 27th, 2014, Microsoft publicly demonstrated for the first time a new feature they’re developing for Skype called Skype Translator. This will allow Skype users to talk in their own language(…)

Busy Writer’s Guides Come to Print

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Since my first Busy Writer’s Guide came out, I’ve gotten one question more than any other–are these available in print? Now, for my two most popular Busy Writer’s Guides, the answer is yes. How to Write Dialogue and Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction are now available in print. Click(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Arctic Aliens in Lapland, Finland

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem like they should belong in a fantasy or science fiction story. Today we’re going to the icy world of Lapland, Finland, to look at frozen alien worms. I was generously(…)

6 Steps to a Professional Amazon Author Page

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When you sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing to publish your book on Amazon, you’ll find almost everything you need from the menu at the top of the page. They make it easy for you to update your account information, add new books, and track your sales. But one important piece(…)

Do You Ever Feel Invisible?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When I was in university, I watched a movie called Shall We Dance. The only thing I remember about it (other than that it starred Richard Gere) was a small clip where the main character’s wife is talking to the private investigator she hired to find out if her husband was(…)

A Crash Course in Thriller Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re now moving away from speculative fiction in our examination of genres. This week I’m delving into thrillers, and in two weeks (after my regular monthly post at Fiction University) I’ll be looking at mysteries. What Makes a Thriller? What’s the Difference Between a Mystery, a Suspense, and a Thriller? Just(…)

Five Important Lessons About Love From Disney’s Frozen

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As Disney’s Frozen starts, we meet two sisters who love each other. Eldest sister Elsa has magical powers that allow her to create snow and freeze things, and younger sister Anna is always begging her to build a snowman. During one of their play sessions, Elsa accidentally injures Anna. From that(…)

Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay of Execution

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my years as a freelance editor, I’ve worked with clients all the way along the writing path—from newbies who are just starting their first book to seasoned veterans with multiple books on the market. I can now guess with a high level of accuracy where a writer is along the(…)