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Five Important Lessons About Love From Disney’s Frozen

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As Disney’s Frozen starts, we meet two sisters who love each other. Eldest sister Elsa has magical powers that allow her to create snow and freeze things, and younger sister Anna is always begging her to build a snowman. During one of their play sessions, Elsa accidentally injures Anna. From that(…)

Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay of Execution

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my years as a freelance editor, I’ve worked with clients all the way along the writing path—from newbies who are just starting their first book to seasoned veterans with multiple books on the market. I can now guess with a high level of accuracy where a writer is along the(…)

How Movie Trailers Would Go If They Were Completely Honest

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My husband sent me a link to a YouTube channel called Screen Junkies. Once that sucked up at least 30 minutes of my life, I knew I had to share it with all of you. This channel takes big name movies and spoofs on them to create a video of how(…)

Do You Trust Too Easily?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Are you someone who trusts people from the start until they give you a reason not to? Or are you someone who feels trust should be earned? This is one of those ongoing discussions between my husband and me, and it was brought up again by our date night to see(…)

Three Quick Tips to Help Your Print Books Look Professional

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Many self-publishers stress out about formatting their ebooks (my post Understanding Your Ebook Formatting Options explains your choices), but they assume putting together the print book files will be easy. After all, we’re writers because we love books. We’ve read thousands of them over our lifetime. We know how they should(…)

How And Why Do You Write?

By Marcy Kennedy (@Marcy Kennedy) My friend and fellow writer Debra Kristi tagged me in a very fun blog tour about my writing process. Since this will give me a chance to answer a lot of questions I’m often asked, I thought it would be fun to play along. But first I want to say(…)

A Crash Course in Science Fiction Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re into the third episode of my exploration of genres, and today we’re going to look at science fiction. (I’m currently planning to also cover suspense/thrillers, mystery, romance, and horror. If there are any other genres you’d like me to delve into or you have any other questions about genres, please(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: The Crystal Cave of Giants

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My husband and I love caves. I’ve been to the Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, together we visited Luray Caverns in Virginia, and we’ve even been spelunking at Metcalfe Rock near Collingwood, Ontario. So we’ve seen a lot of crystal formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. We’ve never seen ones big enough to walk(…)

A Crash Course in Fantasy Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my series on the different genres we can write in. As I go through this series, please keep in mind that I can’t cover absolutely every option. My goal is to give you the main categories, so you can better understand where your book might fit or what(…)

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(…)