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(…)

Gravity: The Number One Reason to Never Give Up

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Do you ever have those days (or weeks or months) where one thing after another seems to go wrong? Or maybe things are going right, but not as right as you’d thought they would? Or you’re just plain tired of working so hard to stay in the same place? And you(…)

7 Ways to Develop Your Voice

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A couple of weeks ago I began a series on point of view, and the first POV I dug into was omniscient, where I pointed out that if you want to write in omniscient, you needed a strong voice as a writer. So today I’m continuing on with my seven tips(…)

How to Write Faster for NaNo and Beyond

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The next book in my Busy Writer’s Guides series is out just in time to help you with NaNoWriMo. In How to Write Faster: A Busy Writer’s Guide you’ll learn eight techniques that can help you double your word count in a way that’s sustainable and doesn’t sacrifice the quality of(…)