Does Genre Still Matter in 21st Century Fiction?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I taught at WANACon in February, and in my session, I asserted that genre does still matter—despite self-publishing, despite books that seem to cross genre lines, and despite superstar literary agent Donald Maass proclaiming that genre is dead (I’ll return to that in a minute). I’m about to start a new(…)

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction: A Busy Writer’s Guide

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m excited to announce the release of the next full-length book in my Busy Writer’s Guides series. You’ve heard the advice “show, don’t tell” until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet fiction writers of all levels still seem to struggle with it. There are three reasons for this. The(…)

A Real Island in the Clouds

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When the movie was in theaters, my husband and I watched Jack the Giant Slayer. While the movie was mediocre, I loved the floating island in the clouds where the giants lived. Imagine my delight when I found out there was a real floating island—or at least as close as we’re(…)

The 3 Most Common Problems with First Person POV and How to Fix Them

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my ongoing series on point of view in fiction writing. Today is the final installment for first person point of view. So far we’ve talked about the nature of first person POV and how to write a successful first person POV story. Now it’s time to look at(…)

March to a Bestseller: A One-Day Sale on 16 Books for Authors

For today only I’m dropping the price of How to Write Dialogue: A Busy Writer’s Guide to 99 cents. And I’m not the only one. Fifteen other authors are also dropping the price of their books to 99 cents. This is a treasure chest full of writerly goodness, so make sure you buy your copies(…)

Understanding Your Ebook Formatting Options

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m very excited to announce that I’m now a regular guest columnist over at Janice Hardy’s Other Side of the Story. My first post appears today, and I’m going over the options you have for formatting your ebook if you’re planning to self-publish. When I first decided to self-publish, one of(…)

The 5 Keys to Writing Successfully in First Person Point of View

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week we continued our series on point of view in fiction with an opening look at first person POV, including what it is, the different ways it’s being used in modern fiction, and some of the benefits and drawbacks that come with writing in first person POV. Over the next(…)

I’m Considering Eating the Groundhog

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week the pipes in my house froze for the third time this winter. When I looked in the mirror, I had crazy “is winter over yet?” eyes. Unless I did something fast, I was going to end up like this… So I decided I needed to do something fun. Since(…)

How Is First Person POV Different?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As we head into 2014, I’ll be continuing my series on point of view in fiction. If you missed the earlier parts in the series from 2013, you can find them here: Are You Writing in the POV You Think You’re Writing In? How to Successfully Write Omniscient POV 7 Ways(…)

Game Review: Summoner Wars

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) So far I’ve reviewed Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (a semi-cooperative game where someone ends up a traitor cylon) and Lost Cities (a quick two-player card game). This month’s game is you against me until one of our armies is destroyed. I’m not normally a fan of games where you directly(…)