I think Fridays are coming faster and faster. Especially as the year is winding down. Advent has started, the preparation season before Christmas, and I'm definitely preparing for many things. I am in a festive mood. I'm incredibly busy, but I'm also very happy. That's one of the reasons why this quote spoke to me... Continue Reading →
Well, Thanksgiving's over. The leftovers are (finally) gone. Family's gone, too. This is one of my favorite quotes, because it reminds me to count my blessings, to rejoice in the positives, to appreciate the good things in life. If I let myself, I could easily wallow over not going back to Pennsylvania for the holidays... Continue Reading →
It's been one heck of a week. Body Armor finally released. The Story Empire blog was nominated for Best Writing Blog at Positive Writer. My word count on my WIP is at an all-time high. Word count is the inspiration behind this week's inspirational quote. I have a story in me. I have several, actually.... Continue Reading →
I've decided I'm going to analyze my writing week (every week) and share the motto that best fits what I experienced. This week, editing was a primary focus. Not because I was busy with editing clients, but because one of my novels had an editor I wasn't happy with, and it finally caught up to... Continue Reading →
I think we, as writers, run hot and cold. At least, I do. Gosh, I hope I'm not the only one who isn't constantly running at highest productivity. It's probably healthy to have ebbs and flows, as much as we'd like to always have more flows than ebbs. Some slower productivity time lets us recharge for... Continue Reading →
Who would have thought April would be this busy? First the Roadshow Tour, then my personal RRBC Spring Blog Party post. Then there were guest posts and friends' new releases. Today, as the month winds down, I have two more things to share. Story Empire joins the RRBC Spring Blog Party. Click here to read... Continue Reading →
Great thoughts today from C. S. Boyack at Story Empire. He discusses the old adage: Write What You Know.
Craig here today. I’ve said many times that the rules of writing fiction are more guidelines. I was struck recently with how many novels feature a main character who is an author. Therefore:
Today’s topic is, “Write What you Know.”
Okay, I just said they’re more like guidelines, so if you want a main character who’s an author, have at it. You should think of why they are an author, and make it fit the story if you can. Do they need to work from home? Could they be a software engineer instead? Maybe an inventor, a masseuse, a drug dealer?
Sometimes we choose our characters because they need to be a front line type. They’re going to encounter a body somewhere along the line, and if they’re solving the mystery it makes more sense to make them a front line type. Front line type = cop, firefighter, reporter, coroner…
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Writers will find this tips useful for their websites.
Hello, SEers! Harmony here 🙂
Recently, I had to update my webpage to reflect a book release due out soon. I realised that I had forgotten completely how to make the book previews that I’d done for my other books, lols. So, good old Google came to the rescue. Then I thought that it might be useful for folks if I outlined the process of Embedding Amazon Book Previews into your website here. If you know all this already, then of course feel free to ignore me! The other benefit of sharing this is that, in writing it all out, it might actually embed in this brain of mine! (Miracles have been known to happen.)
Happily, unlike donating digital gifts (including ebooks), this feature works on both Amazon UK as well as Amazon US. Yay! (Sorry, but being in the UK, that’s one of my gripes, ha ha.)
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Well, we're off on another stop on the Story Empire Roadshow tour. Today, I'll be visiting Harmony Kent. But here, I'm pleased to introduce a new author to my site, a great guy and talented author who also happens to be the newest member of Story Empire—P. H. Solomon. Today we're going to learn all... Continue Reading →