Divergent: Do You Know Where You Belong?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Did you know what you wanted to do with your entire life when you were only sixteen? What if you’d been forced to choose and could never change your decision? That’s part of the dilemma faced by Beatrice (who later calls herself Tris) in Divergent. The society in Divergent is divided(…)

Putting Your Inner Editor to Work – Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My genre series will continue next week, but this week I wanted to quickly let you know about a webinar I’m running on Saturday, April 12th, called Putting Your Inner Editor to Work – Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. When we’re writing our first draft, we look for techniques to silence our(…)

The Ins and Outs of ISBNs

By Marcy Kennedy, @MarcyKennedy One of the areas where there seems to be universal confusion among writers intending to self-publish is ISBNs. It’s a business detail that would have been taken care of by our publisher if we went the traditional route, but now, we’re the publisher. Like so many other business details, figuring out(…)

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(…)