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How to Use Traps to Create Suspense in Fiction

  By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) It doesn’t matter what genre you’re writing, you need suspense to keep readers turning pages. Adding a trap can increase suspense because not only will your reader worry about whether or not your character will fall into the trap, they’ll also worry about how (and if) your character will escape.(…)

The Danger in Trying to Revisit the Past

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. For both of us, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a childhood favorite. We watched the cartoons, watched the movies, played the video games, had the Halloween costumes. We went for the nostalgia. But(…)

Does Genre Matter?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I was interviewed by Julie Duffy of Flash Fiction Chronicles for her ongoing series of practical articles about genre. Let me give you just a taste of how the article starts. No longer simply a genre of heaving bosoms and discreetly closing doors, Romance burst into the digital age as one of(…)

How to Save Money on Editing Your Book

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Self-publishing your work means all the profits are yours, but it also means all the costs are yours. The two universally accepted areas where you shouldn’t skimp on quality are your cover and editing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your costs to a minimum when it comes to editing(…)

Behind the Scenes: Judith Starkton and Hand of Fire

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In this week’s episode of Behind the Scenes, I’d like to introduce you to Judith Starkton. Judith writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. She’s a classicist (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. Cornell University) who taught high school English, Latin and humanities. She and(…)

Kiss Your “As” Goodbye: A Simple Grammar Trick for Better Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A good grade in a high school or college English class doesn’t necessarily translate into the ability to write great fiction, so it’s easy for us to mistakenly think understanding grammar isn’t important for fiction writing at all. Isn’t that what a copy editor is for? Won’t they fix all your(…)

Behind the Scenes: Ava Louise and Mail Order Brides in Space

I have a special treat for you in this episode of Behind the Scenes. I asked Ava Louise to write a guest post for me because of how much the idea behind her series Intergalactic Matchmaking Services intrigued me. I don’t want to give too much away–I’ll leave that for her post–but I do want(…)

Five Words That Weaken Your Writing

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week, I released my newest Busy Writer’s Guide, Grammar for Fiction Writers, so today I wanted to give you a taste of what you can find inside. This is a section from “Chapter Nine: Weak Words.” I’m going to share five unspecific words that weaken your writing. Weak words are(…)

The Fine Line Between Forgiveness and Accountability

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m going to admit up front that I haven’t been a huge fan of the Transformers franchise. I loved Transformers as a child, but I felt the first of the more recent movies was okay, and then the second two went downhill from there. So I went into Transformers: Age of(…)

Have You Committed Word Crimes?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My next Busy Writer’s Guide is now out, and to celebrate, here’s some Weird Al Yankovic! Now, if you’re wondering why I’m playing a song about word crimes to celebrate the release of my newest book, it’s because the book is Grammar for Fiction Writers.  It’s not your same old boring grammar(…)