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The Lies Our Characters Believe & Why It Matters

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills<br>Our characters can be stubborn. Just when we think we know them inside and out, they toss us a wrench. We struggle to push …

Building an Email List for Your Book: 2 Effective Tactics to Try Now

As an author, your email list is your most valuable asset. We talked about this a bit last month.<p>Your email list is your best direct line to your …

Publishing

How Relatable Character Relationships Will Make or Break Your Story

I want you to think back to your favorite book or television show. There may be many things that stood out to you about that story—the plot, the …

Harry Potter

Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with Sailor Nano Sei-Boku (Blue-Black)

My Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with its extra fine nib and Sailor Nano Sei-boku blue-black ink is a holdover from last year, having been inked up …

Fountain Pens

Platinum Lavender Black Ink Review & Giveaway!

Platinum Lavender Black Ink is one of the new classic ink colors recently released by Platinum pen and Ink Company. Platinum’s classic ink collection …

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – July 2017

By Amy Collins<p>Does it feel like this summer is just flying by? The publishing industry usually is marked by a small slow-down every July. This …

Publishing

Why I Love Noodler's Ahab Fountain Pens

Pinterest Basics & Insider Tips, Part 1

by Bethany Jett @BetJett<p>We’ve spent the last few months covering the Instagram platform, and now it’s time to move to Pinterest!<p>Pinterest isn’t …

Antagonist examples: How to write great adversaries

Literature is full of fantastic antagonists who make it hard for the story’s central characters to reach their goals. Read antagonist examples from …

Writing

Where Do Authors Go For Book Publicity Help?

When authors go searching for help on promoting their books, where do they go?<p>Most would ask people whom they believe should know about book …

Review Your Business Card for Key Basics

I've become an expert at skimming business cards on the spot with writers. My actions spring from my own frustration with missing information. Over …

Using Ergonomics to Design the Optimal Workstation

I had been planning it for months. That Monday morning I was up early, dressed, and ready to make the ten-second commute down the hall to my home …

How to Effectively Give and Receive a Writing Critique

The first time I sat down to critique another writer’s work, I was one week into an MFA program for creative writing. I had never read literature …

Science Fiction, Horror & More—Why Speculative Fiction Matters

On Friday, we explored how shame is the beating heart of great fiction, how probing the shadow sides of human nature is what can separate the mundane …

Diamine Fountain Pen Ink Colour Wheel

I have been trying to get a colour wheel completed for a while – just to demonstrate that for the ultimate art journal palette you don’t need every …

Illustration

Pen Review: Cross Century II Botanica Fountain Pen

<i>Review by Laura Cameron</i><p>The Fahrney’s catalog is going to be the death of me. When I was a kid, the Fahrney’s catalog used to land in our mailbox …

Fountain Pens

Fountain Pen Review: Ensso PIUMA Minimal Fountain Pens

The PIUMA Minimal Fountain Pen was originally a Kickstarter project but is now available directly from the ENSSO web site. The appeal of the PIUMA is …

Fountain Pens

The Jock Pen Photographs

I wrote about the rather rare The Jock Pen back on 26th June. I said I would add pictures when I had them and here they are. Not unlike a Blackbird …

Blackbirds

Beyond the Gates – Challenging Yourself, Your Characters and Your Readers

<b>Leaving the Old City</b><p>My partner and I recently became outsiders, quite by accident. You see, this spring we took up residence in a modern building …

Authors

5 Very Effective Journaling Methods You Should Give a Try

<b>Note:</b> This post is by Positive Writer contributor, Nicole Gulotta. She’s the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, …

Writer's Block and Depression: Why Writers Need to "Fill the Well" - Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris

<i>Writer’s block can be a sign of incipient depression.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>Writer’s block is probably the most popular topic in the writing posts on …

Authors

Great Novels and Word Count

Word count is one of those things new writers worry about but deny worrying about because we’re not supposed to be worrying about it. According to …

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Three (Clarity)

We often start out with a specific intent when we begin a new project. We’re out to prove an argument and make a point. But what happens when, in the …

Why People Write Blogs Instead of Books - Jack Murphy

Books

Ready to Write Your Book? Here’s a Five Point Checklist

Writing often begins with wondering. Pen in hand, you find yourself asking…<p><i>Will people ever read what I write?</i> <i><br>Do I have what it takes to write a …

Writing

3 Enemies of Writing Productivity

Writers have 3 enemies of productivity that we should be aware of each time we sit down to craft our words.<p>These enemies, are time wasters that sneak …

Are Expensive Fountain Pens Really Worth It?

Pelikan Stola III fountain pen meta-review

<b>A little bit of history</b> The first incarnation of Pelikan began in Germany in 1832, so it’s safe to say they’be been around a while. Over the course …

Fountain Pens

What’s in Your Tagline?

By Judith Briles<p>It’s a good question … for most, the answer is zilch. Or, the response is: what’s a tagline?<p>Okay … what is a tagline and why should …

How to Find Your First 10,000 Readers

<b>Editor’s note</b>: This post first appeared in a slightly different form here in January, 2016. However, its lessons are still as valid as they were last …

Publishing