How Far Would You Go to Be Accepted?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Sorry for the silence last week everyone. My husband ended up at the emergency room and was home sick for a few days. But I’m back this week to fulfill my promise! Two weeks ago. I told you about my struggle to forgive the man who killed my best friend and(…)

Are You Struggling to Forgive?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My book of two suspense short stories (called Frozen) is now available for purchase. Today and next Tuesday, I’m going to share with you some of my inspiration for the two stories inside. I’ve told you the story before of the best friend I lost to a drunk driver when I(…)

What To Do When Your Loved Ones Want You To Quit Your Dream

Three years ago I wrote a post called “A Writer’s Greatest Challenge.” I’m posting an updated version of it today under the title “What to Do When Your Loved Ones Want You to Quit Your Dream.” As we start into 2014, many of you have probably committed to making this year the year your writing(…)

The Hobbit: Where There’s Treasure, There’s Always a Dragon

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves continue their quest to steal the Arkenstone back from the dragon who has it (the Smaug of the title), along with all the dwarven treasure stored inside the Lonely Mountain. Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf who is heir(…)

A Literary Agent Can’t Replace Hard Work

Many times I’ve had editing clients worry that they don’t have the talent to do a story justice or that they’re not talented enough to be a writer. But talent is over-rated. Talent can contribute to success, but it isn’t the most important thing. I have a guest poster here today to share the secret(…)

Techniques for Making Your Dialogue Shine

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If November was NaNoWriMo, then I’m going to call December Dialogue Month. I have a bunch of dialogue-related goodies to tell you about. The first full-length book in my Busy Writer’s Guide series is out. How do you properly format dialogue? How can you write dialogue unique to each of your(…)

What’s the Secret to Making Relationships Last?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) There’s an old “joke” that says men marry women expecting they’ll never change and women marry men expecting they can change them. And they both end up disappointed. I’ve been thinking about that since I went to listen to a woodwind quintet a week ago. It wasn’t the quintet themselves that(…)

Game Review: Lost Cities

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last time I introduced you to a long, complex game in Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. This month I want to go the opposite direction to a quick, easy-to-understand, two-player card game. Enter into the story… You’re an archeologist setting out on expeditions to find lost cities in the Himalayas, the(…)

Google+ Encore

I’m visiting Kristen Lamb’s blog this week to talk about 4 Ways Google+ Communities Help Authors Build Their Platforms because I’m running an encore of my Crash Course to Google+ webinar this Saturday, November 23. I hope you’ll swing by and read the post. If you’d like to know more about the webinar, you can(…)

What Is Head Hopping and How Can We Avoid It?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my continuing series on point of view, I promised I’d explain the difference between omniscient POV and head hopping. Before I do that, we need to get one thing out of the way. Head-hopping is never good. Sometimes an author can get away with it, but it’s never ideal and(…)