"If it’s critical to the character, it’s critical to the reader, and then it’s not backstory.” - Jeff Kleinman
It all starts with that first line.
As an author, there comes a moment when you must choose if you want to monetize your art.
Creating believable worlds in fantasy or dystopian or what-have-you writing can help sell the reader on an otherwise unbelievable premise.
The lesson I most needed to learn was this: just write. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense the first time around. There’s a reason editing is a thing, and a reason it’s called a first draft.
What makes a good story? Is it the descriptions? Is it the characters? Or is it the plot? All of these things contribute to making a good story, but it will fall flat if it's not structured like a story. There are several different ways you can lay out your plot, from the Pixar model … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat: Story Structure
What happens after you write your book? A whole lot, if you want to get your book into the hands of readers outside your personal circle. It's more than a good story, it's how you go about marketing the book. If you go the traditionally published route, the process is much easier. Those companies handle … Continue reading Writer’s Retreat: Marketing a Book