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I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Pictures

By Marcy Kennedy (@marcykennedy) Turns out I have a love-hate relationship with pictures. I love them because they grab important moments and help keep memories alive. I find great joy in looking back at pictures from times past. I hate them because, in the last couple of years, I’ve noticed I look older in them(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Competitive Analysis

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re down to the final pieces of our author business plan. (If you missed the previous sections, you can start back at the beginning with setting our goals, choosing our stories, identifying our audience, running our business, and crafting our product plan.) Today we’re tackling the competitive analysis. Traditionally, the competitive(…)

Do You Believe in Second Chances?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Long after I finished reading the books and watching the movies, the character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy I couldn’t stop thinking about wasn’t any of the plucky hobbits, Viggo Mortensen’s ruggedly handsome Aragorn, or Gandolf with his words of wisdom. It was Gollum. Born a hobbit-like creature named(…)

10 Writing Mistakes that Kill Your First Chapter

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m teaching at a writer’s conference this week, so instead of one of my in-depth posts, I thought I’d create a quick checklist for you. Here are 10 writing mistakes that kill your first chapter (in no particular order). Get them before they get you! #1 – A Boring/Generic First Line(…)

Would You Be a Mermaid If You Could?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature. Today I’m taking a look at one of the most unusual “schools” I’ve ever heard of–mermaid school. Apparently, mermaid schools are cropping up all over–in the Philippines, in Germany, and even in Canada. While it’s never been a dream of mine to be(…)

6 Major Writing Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 3

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Today’s post is the final installment in the three-part mini-series I’ve been doing on what writing lessons we can learn from the mistakes made in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you missed Part One and Part Two, I recommend you read them first. Mistake #5 – A Villain Who Is Melodramatic,(…)

6 Major Writing Problems with Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 2

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my mini-series where I’m looking at what we, as writers, can learn from the mistakes made in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you missed the first installment in this series, I recommend you read it first. Mistake #3 – Too Many Easy Answers and Short Cuts We need(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Product Plan

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’ve now reached a milestone in writing our author business plan. Last month, we finished our author business plan summary and our Business Operation section. In other words, we’re officially into the body of our author business plan where we need to start laying out practical steps to reach our goals.(…)

6 Major Writing Problems with Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 1

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When Avengers first came out, I saw it twice in theaters and brought the DVD as soon as it was available. Very few movies rate highly enough with me to be watched a second time in theater or to be purchased afterward for repeated home viewing. So I went in to(…)

It’s Okay to Be Angry

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,(…)