How to Make the Most of a Scene

I have a special treat for you today. As some of you might remember, I used to co-manage a writing blog called Girls With Pens with my good friend Lisa Hall-Wilson. We shut Girls With Pens down earlier this year, but I didn’t want the great content we’d collected to be lost. So I contacted(…)

The Dangerous Side of Hope

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In a world that can be dark and brutal and unfair, hope is one of our most powerful weapons. It can also be a weapon used against us, to keep us from changing our lives. In the movie version of The Hunger Games, the screenwriters chose to pull back the curtain(…)

How Well Do You Understand Showing and Telling?

I’ve been traveling around the internet again, and I didn’t want you to miss the guest posts I’ve done on showing and telling. How Star Trek Helps Us with Showing Rather than Telling at Kristen Lamb’s blog How to Include the Five Senses Without Falling into the Telling Trap at Janice Hardy’s blog I hope(…)

How Important Is Freedom?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Man of Steel is supposed to be a story about the origin of Superman. It’s really a story about the importance of freedom. On Krypton, Superman’s home planet, everyone is created for a specific purpose. They have no choice about the path their life will take. Superman’s parents dream of a(…)

5 Tips for Navigating the Marketing Maze

Today I’m pleased to welcome special guest poster Grace Fox to share some insider secrets on marketing. Grace Fox is the author of five books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She’s written hundreds of magazine articles and speaks internationally. She’s also just a super nice lady.(…)

Do the Odds of Success Really Matter?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I have a creative’s heart and a scientist’s mind. I like facts and formulas. I like logic. I like percentages and statistics. I don’t like when the odds aren’t in my favor on something I really want. Because I have a strong rational side, odds that aren’t in my favor make(…)

How to Use Google+ to Easily Record a Video Blog

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When someone talks about the advantages of video blogging for your author platform does your heart start to race with that how-am-I-going-to-find-time-to-learn-another-new-thing feeling? First you’d have to figure out what technology you need, then you’d have to buy it, and then you’d have to learn how to use it. Or you could just sign(…)

Why We Ought to Ask Ourselves “Can We” Rather than “Should We”

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In the newest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, Kirk faces a series of choices where the outcomes are lose-lose. Does he let Spock die or break the Prime Directive and reveal their ship to a primitive society? Does he allow their ship to explode or fix the problem but irradiate himself(…)

6 Reasons Google+ Is Better for Author Platform Building than Facebook Is

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I know I said we’d be alternating between science fiction/fantasy posts and writing posts week by week now that I’ve gone to my summer schedule, but I have a special guest post up today that I didn’t want you to miss. (Next week it’s time to talk Star Trek: Into Darkness!)(…)

Four Fiction Felonies that Make Your Plot Unbelievable

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) How many times has something completely random happened to you? A death for which you can see no purpose? A problem that you couldn’t see a way out of that seemed to solve itself? In real life, things happen for no apparent reason. In fiction, everything needs to happen for a(…)