3 books are perfect examples of climax


In the fiction space, there are several key factors that help authors create great stories. The characters must be fully developed, for instance, and the plot clearly defined. Most fiction novels also contain a central turning point where the protagonist in the story confronts the opposing force (antagonist). The literary term for this is “climax.” Successful fiction … Read more

10 glossary terms that are a must for writers


If you’re just “getting your feet wet” for the first time in the writing industry, you might hear a lot of buzzwords from other authors or publishers that you don’t necessarily understand. Expanding your writer’s vocabulary will make it easier to navigate the system, especially when you’re corresponding with an editor or publisher. In short, … Read more

Stephen King offers first draft advice in a guest blog

Stephen King

Prolific, popular, talented and successful—such words are sufficient to describe the author mentioned in the title of this blog post. He has published more than 60 novels, which have sold more than 400 million copies. Stephen King also writes under the pen name, “Richard Bachman.” Some time ago, he shared a guest blog post online … Read more

Famous authors weigh in on writer’s block

writer's block

If you’ve been active in the creative writing process for a significant length of time (perhaps longer than one year), you’ve no doubt encountered challenges in generating new ideas. You may have even experienced times when you sit staring at your computer screen for what feels like an eternity and not a single idea comes … Read more

What does it mean to be a prolific writer?


You’ve heard it said that the first thing you must do to become a writer is write. While it may sound cliché, it’s also true. You’ll never “become a writer” if you don’t write and write often. For those who hope to earn a living as an author, the goal is to be prolific. Think in … Read more

Will AI put authors and writers out of a job?


There’s nothing anyone can do to stop progress in the modern world. In recent decades, great strides have been made to boost advanced technology in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. A top-trending issue right now is AI, which stands for “artificial intelligence.” AI is basically computer-generated or computer-controlled robotics that enable machines … Read more

Will your book make the library criteria cut?


Modern-day readers have many options to purchase or acquire books. From brick-and-mortar bookstores to online shopping, yard sales and more, there is no shortage of ways to get books. Another popular means of acquiring books to read is to go to a public library. If you’re an author, your initial thought might be, “Why should … Read more

Readers do judge a book by its cover

book cover

A recent survey revealed that more than half of the people who read hard-copy books make their purchase choices based on jacket design. Remember when you were growing up and adults would instruct you to “never judge a book by its cover”? Well, they were definitely speaking figuratively, because in the literal sense, it appears that that’s … Read more

Why reading books in print needs to stay


Advanced technology has changed the world in many ways, especially regarding daily life routines. Many gadgets and systems and programs exist to add speed and convenience to everyday tasks. In fact, people can buy “smart” homes now! Modern living includes many people having almost non-stop schedules. They complain that they don’t have time to do … Read more

Should you use a pseudonym as an author?


If someone asks you who J.K. Rowling is, you will undoubtedly know that she’s the author of the Harry Potter series. However, if someone were to ask you who Robert Galbraith is, would you know the answer to that question? If you have read, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” or “The Ink Black Heart,” you might recall … Read more