Why I Hate Gale in The Mockingjay

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When The Hunger Games first became popular, readers were drawn into picking sides about who was the best match for Katniss Everdeen—Gale or Peeta. It never reached the level of Twilight’s Jacob vs. Edward debate, but any love triangle encourages people to pick sides. I always felt like Peeta was the(…)

Are Writing Rules a Myth?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Because of how many times I find myself having to address the concept of “writing rules” with my editing clients and in the writing classes I teach, I thought it might be time to talk about it in an open forum. Let’s call the elephant out and decide whether to keep(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: A Waterfall of Blood

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to the first Unbelievable Real Life feature of 2015! Because we’re stuck in the doldrums of winter, I thought it might be a good time to explore some very cool wintery spots (no pun intended…well, maybe a little). If we’re going to be buried under mounds of snow, we(…)

Creating An Author Business Plan: Choosing Your Stories

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last month we started writing our Author Business Plan Summary by setting our author goals. Now that we’ve laid the foundation through deciding on our goals, it’s time to take the next step and decide on what type of books we plan to publish. This can be one of the most(…)

The Hobbit and the Love of Money

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A commonly misquoted Biblical passage is that “money is the root of all evil.” The actual passage is “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). When we’re talking about money, that’s an important distinction to make. Many wealthy people give generously and(…)

A Chance to Win One of 15 Great Writing Resources

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Even though this isn’t my regular day to post, I wanted to let you all know about an opportunity. From February 14th to February 28th, you can enter to win one of 15 excellent ebooks about writing and marketing your fiction, including two of my Busy Writer’s Guides. Take a look(…)

What Cupid Teaches Us About Love

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t exchange Valentine’s gifts or plan an evening out, and I think I might be a bit miffed if he bought me a box of overpriced chocolates or a marked-up bouquet of flowers that he could get for half(…)

Creating An Author Business Plan: Setting Your Goals

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my last post, I announced that I was going to start a series helping busy authors write their author business plans. I’m excited to be back now, facing 2015, and diving in. The first section of your author business plan is your Author Business Plan Summary. Because it actually contains(…)

Using Your Personality Type to Make You a Better Writer

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The beginning of the year is a practical time to look back and learn from the year that has finished and to set goals for what we’d like to accomplish in the coming year. It’s easy to remember to do it now rather than at some other arbitrary time. This year,(…)

Behind the Scenes: Sara Litchfield and How Genetically-Engineered Triplets Became Night Butterflies

Welcome to 2015! I’m excited to be able to start the new year with a guest post from dystopian author Sara Litchfield. Sara and I share the belief in the power and importance of hope, one of the main themes in her debut novel, and when I read her book, I was impressed by how(…)