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How Is First Person POV Different?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As we head into 2014, I’ll be continuing my series on point of view in fiction. If you missed the earlier parts in the series from 2013, you can find them here: Are You Writing in the POV You Think You’re Writing In? How to Successfully Write Omniscient POV 7 Ways(…)

Game Review: Summoner Wars

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) So far I’ve reviewed Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (a semi-cooperative game where someone ends up a traitor cylon) and Lost Cities (a quick two-player card game). This month’s game is you against me until one of our armies is destroyed. I’m not normally a fan of games where you directly(…)

The Value of Online Writer’s Conferences

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you were to pull out the laundry list of things writers are supposed to do to be successful, one of the items you’d be sure to find is attend writer’s conferences. And everyone who included that on their list would be right. I wouldn’t be writing to you now if(…)

How Far Would You Go to Be Accepted?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Sorry for the silence last week everyone. My husband ended up at the emergency room and was home sick for a few days. But I’m back this week to fulfill my promise! Two weeks ago. I told you about my struggle to forgive the man who killed my best friend and(…)

Are You Struggling to Forgive?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My book of two suspense short stories (called Frozen) is now available for purchase. Today and next Tuesday, I’m going to share with you some of my inspiration for the two stories inside. I’ve told you the story before of the best friend I lost to a drunk driver when I(…)

What To Do When Your Loved Ones Want You To Quit Your Dream

Three years ago I wrote a post called “A Writer’s Greatest Challenge.” I’m posting an updated version of it today under the title “What to Do When Your Loved Ones Want You to Quit Your Dream.” As we start into 2014, many of you have probably committed to making this year the year your writing(…)

The Hobbit: Where There’s Treasure, There’s Always a Dragon

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves continue their quest to steal the Arkenstone back from the dragon who has it (the Smaug of the title), along with all the dwarven treasure stored inside the Lonely Mountain. Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf who is heir(…)

A Literary Agent Can’t Replace Hard Work

Many times I’ve had editing clients worry that they don’t have the talent to do a story justice or that they’re not talented enough to be a writer. But talent is over-rated. Talent can contribute to success, but it isn’t the most important thing. I have a guest poster here today to share the secret(…)

Techniques for Making Your Dialogue Shine

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If November was NaNoWriMo, then I’m going to call December Dialogue Month. I have a bunch of dialogue-related goodies to tell you about. The first full-length book in my Busy Writer’s Guide series is out. How do you properly format dialogue? How can you write dialogue unique to each of your(…)

What’s the Secret to Making Relationships Last?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) There’s an old “joke” that says men marry women expecting they’ll never change and women marry men expecting they can change them. And they both end up disappointed. I’ve been thinking about that since I went to listen to a woodwind quintet a week ago. It wasn’t the quintet themselves that(…)