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Do You Find Artificial Intelligence Creepy? Meet Nadine

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Confession time. I don’t like Siri—the voice that speaks to you from iPhones. I probably should. I love the concept of artificial intelligence. Data from TNG and The Doctor from Voyager were two of my favorite Star Trek characters. But I just don’t like her. I’m sure part of it has(…)

Writers – Value Yourself and Your Work

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Over the last couple of months, an online debate has risen about whether creatives deserve to be paid for their work or whether they should work for free or for “exposure.” By creatives, I mean those who produce intellectual property or the like for the purpose of entertaining an audience—writers, musicians,(…)

When To Hire Help And When To Do It Yourself

By Marcy Kennedy (@Marcy Kennedy) One of the most frustrating parts of indie publishing is how conflicting the advice can seem. One of the areas where I’ve frequently noticed this advice dichotomy is in whether or not we should hire out the non-writing work involved in our business. Some people will tell you to do(…)

Four Crippling Misconceptions About Deep POV

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Myths and misunderstandings abound no matter what skill we’re trying to learn. An important part of learning is sorting out the misinformation surrounding a topic. So today I want to talk about what deep point of view isn’t. Misconception #1 – You need to write in first person to write deep(…)

Using a Montage to Handle Time in Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my mini-series on handling time in our fiction. Today I want to talk about what I call the montage. If you watch movies, you’ve likely seen a montage. It’s a quick collection of images used to compress time or information. In other words, it’s a pacing tool. And(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Caves Under Our Cities

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Recently I’ve been researching what life is like in the oceans (I’m thinking about writing a book involving an underwater society), and I stumbled across this video. I wanted to share it because of the spectacular images the speaker shares. And listen carefully near the end of the video where she(…)

Managing the Passage of Time in Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re almost constantly aware of the passage of time in our daily lives. We check our watches, set alarms, mark important dates on our calendars. We live by the change in daylight and the change in seasons. The passage of time will be equally important to our characters…and to our readers.(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Underwater Art Museum

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve been to museums across the world, from Australia, to Europe, to Canada and the United States. I’ve never been to a museum under water. Until I saw this video, I didn’t even know something like this existed. When I watched this video, full of fantastic images of how submerged sculptures(…)

The Biggest Mistake Made By Self-Published Authors

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m going to be a tease today. I’m over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University for my regular monthly guest post, but I’m not going to tell you more about the topic than this–I’m sharing what I think is a fatal mistake made my self-published authors. And it’s probably not what you’d(…)

Will Humanity One Day Live on Mars?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The next milestone in space exploration seems to be putting people on Mars. NASA has mentioned plans to place human beings on Mars sometime in the 2030s. Non-profits like the Netherlands-based Mars One Project and private businesses like Elon Musk’s SpaceX intend to do it sooner than that. While there are(…)