Category Archives: Writing Craft

Ten Things Your Author Website Should Contain

The key to online visibility for an author/writer is a superior website. It is the foundation on which to build your writing career. A quality website can bring notoriety, popularity, respect and brand recognition. Conversely, a poorly-crafted URL may give … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Social Networking, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Blogging: The Diary You Want Everyone To Read

I have a standing date with my computer on Monday night for the last five years. During the previous week, I take notes, compile thoughts and research. I spend at least two hours crafting a cohesive essay. Once finished, the … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Dramatica Theory to Story Structure

Plot, climax, rising action, falling action, structure; all terms writers use when talking about stories, but often their exact definitions tend to elude us. One would think that with all the brilliant minds that have written stories over the course … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sliding Doors Between Reality and Fiction

You’re halfway through the climatic final scene in your work-in-progress. Typing furiously for four and a half hours, you’re finally making some real progress. That’s when it happens…  “Mom, I’m hungry! It’s 7:30. We ate all the chips an hour … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Becoming a Sought-After Public Speaker

As promised, the following is a sequel to last month’s blog post, “Planning a Unique and Popular Book Event.” You are an expert on (at least) one topic: your book. All that research you did for the project can come … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Thinking Outside the Box

Last weekend, our monthly KWA meeting was all about Thinking Outside the Box, that pesky thing that tends to place boundaries on how we can be successful.  The following brief synopsis was provided by our own H.B. Berlow, the facilitator … Continue reading

Posted in Meetings, News, Writing Craft | Leave a comment

Planning a Unique and Popular Book Event

  Table. Check. Comfy chair. Check. Attractively arranged pile of your books. Check. Plenty of pens for autographs. Check. You are happily ensconced in a corner of the local book store or library, ready to host your first book signing. … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Character Development

      Atticus Finch. Holden Caulfield. Hamlet. Jane Eyre. Anna Karenina. Madame Bovary. According to The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott, PhD, these characters live on in our imaginations. There are basic personality types that all players in a story should … Continue reading

Posted in Local Authors, Writing Craft | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The Complete Writer

Writers talk about inspiration and where story ideas come from; characters and their names and quirks and personalities; locations and locales, whether they are gritty or exotic; where the story is going and how to get there. Writers talk about … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Fun stories, Local Authors, Writing Craft | 5 Comments

Writing Marathons

A writer rarely has the opportunity to just wallow in the writing, to enjoy it like chocolate covered strawberries.  Most of us feel obliged to our writing, serving the story or poem, and each effort requires a ‘product,’ an outcome … Continue reading

Posted in Fun stories, News, Writing Craft | 3 Comments