Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make on Facebook and How to Avoid Them

I have a very special guest to introduce to you today. My long-time friend, critique partner, and co-writer on my Amazon novel is here to talk to you about Facebook. Lisa Hall-Wilson is passionate about making the world a better place one get-off-your-butt-and-do-something article at a time. She’s a call-it-as-she-sees-it truth teller and freelance writer,(…)

Is Anger Always A Bad Thing?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Too often we’re made to think that anger is a negative emotion, one we should avoid because it’s weak or shows a lack of self-control. You can see it in The Avengers in the way Dr. Bruce Banner is treated. His character is a personification of anger. If Banner gets angry,(…)

Allowing Your Characters to Have a “Wicked Sense” of Humor

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about when to show and when to tell. This week I have a special treat for you. Debut author Fabio Bueno has stopped by to give us an example from his new book of how he showed how much a character had changed rather than just telling(…)

Four Tips to Keep Readers Turning Pages

What makes for a page-turner? If you ask award-winning novelist Linda Hall, it’s suspense. I invited her to guest post today to give you some tips on how to create suspense in your novel, regardless of the genre. Since her first book, The Joshia Files, was published by Thomas Nelson in 1992, Linda Hall has(…)

What Do You Do When You Reach the End of Your Rope?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Some of you might have noticed that two weeks ago I had a week where I disappeared from the online world. I posted on Monday morning, but didn’t reply to comments. No Wednesday writing post. I didn’t tweet, and popped on Facebook only once or twice, briefly, mostly in groups where(…)

What Would You Trade to Look Young Forever?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In the movie 13 Going on 30, all the women were “thirty and flirty and proud,” but in real life, every woman I know has a meltdown when they approach the big 3-0. One of my cousins even launched a blog where she cataloged her attempt to do all the crazy(…)

Four Situations When We Should Tell Rather than Show

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Blasphemy! After my previous post where I gave four techniques to help you show rather than tell, how dare I suggest we should sometimes tell rather than show?! Won’t that lead to weak, flat writing. I’m not recanting on what I wrote last week. When you come across one of the(…)

Do You Cling To Old Beliefs Too Long?

I’m honored to welcome another talented author to my site today for a guest post. I just finished reading her newest release, Hanger 18: Legacy, and she kept me wondering right to the end. (You can read my full review of the book on Goodreads or the book’s Amazon page–links below.) So now let me(…)

Are Small Things As Valuable as Grand Gestures?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We often underestimate the power in small things. In “In the Cards,” an episode in the fifth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, everyone on the space station is feeling frightened and depressed due to the deteriorating situation with the Dominion (a powerful force from a different quadrant that wants(…)

What Skill Do You Wish You Had?

I’m in awe of skilled musicians. Because I play the flute myself (and a few other instruments), I know how long it takes to become even quasi-proficient. For this month’s fantasy music feature, I wanted to share the Harry Potter theme played by Jarrod Radnich of The Piano Guys. Watch his fingers. What’s your favorite(…)