The Santa Trap! – by S Eden

The Santa Trap! – by S Eden

I’ve tried to catch Santa out for three years, and still I’ve had no success! Even with my best whisperer and hunter, Curly Whiskers, we’ve failed. I know what you’re thinking – why would a cat be trying to catch Santa Claus? The thing is, the tuna in the...

Author CEO: Be the Boss of Your Book

Author CEO: Be the Boss of Your Book

As any author can tell you, writing a book is only half the job of what an author does. "Anyone can write a book," many people think, and they are right. But not anyone can write a good book. And I daresay, no author writes a good book by themselves. But the author is...

Juicy Bones – by Annabeth Istvan

Juicy Bones – by Annabeth Istvan

we're all writing a story. let it be a 'thank you' tale, the kind that leaps into every breath, into each crevice of your bones. let your blinks and beats, steps and songs, sing thanks.  for pollen dust and leaf spines. for the cells that compose music like you...

Embrace the Lazy Writer Within Yourself

Embrace the Lazy Writer Within Yourself

I have a confession to make. I'm extremely lazy. I love sitting around and doing nothing. The call of the TV screen beckons me far more often than I want to admit. I know I should be writing, but that new show just started and nobody's gonna watch it for me. Not to...

Growing Sand – by WB Welch

Growing Sand – by WB Welch

The most beautiful thing I've ever seen was a sheep walking the opposite direction from the rest of the herd. Whether its goal was to be knighted, to wander alone, or to merely flow against the grain was irrelevant. Simply that it found the sand to turn and part the...

How I Create Novel Characters

How I Create Novel Characters

There is no small number of experts writing books, posts, and tips to help you as a writer. A quick search on Amazon produces a plethora of books to assist with character reactions, emotions, self-editing, replacing weak verbs, and more. Oh, and building great...

How To Handle Criticism of Your Writing

How To Handle Criticism of Your Writing

Just a few days ago, I heard someone say something along the lines of, if people's opinions are important to your self-worth, don't be a writer. (That's a butchered paraphrase, but you get the gist.) Those words resonated with me. I'm not particularly sensitive but...

Up the Creek – A Story of My Life

Up the Creek – A Story of My Life

It was a morning not too much unlike any other--if the criteria were based on me doing something stupid. I had recently met a friend, we’ll call him Jarred (I can’t remember his real name), who lived not far from me. It was summer and Jarred was in town visiting his...

My Writing Journey… Thus Far

My Writing Journey… Thus Far

We all have a story to tell. No, I'm not talking about the fiction stories that we write and wish to publish. I'm talking about our stories. The stories of our lives. About how we got here and where we're going. Well, today, I'm going to tell you my story. And then...

My Dirty Little Author Secret

My Dirty Little Author Secret

Being a "writer" for most of my life, and an author for about ten years, I've come to realize that I've been hiding a shameful secret. I've talked to many authors over the years and from what I have gathered, my secret goes against almost everything other authors...