Feel the Fear and Write Your Book AnywaY – Alison Porter…

Just love these sentiments……

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on Heal Your Life:

So many of us know we have healing wisdom to share, but our lack of confidence around writing stops us in our tracks. We dream of writing a book but keep self-sabotaging: we can never find the time. We keep it as a dream, but never make it a reality. You may be an expert in your field, but if writing isn’t something that comes easily, you’ll keep letting life get in the way to avoid making a start. Or you can feel excited about writing but wonder if you truly have anything unique to say when there are so many books already available. There are endless ways we hold ourselves back from bringing our books to life.

So how do you break the cycle? It’s easier than you think. Follow these seven simple steps to see your book idea take shape. Then get out your…

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4 Tips for a Successful Book Fair

Excellent thoughts here for budding authors on how to tackle a book fair.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Elaine Bennett | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSo far, I’ve never attended a book fair, but will probably do so here in Greece. So, I found this guest post by Elaine Bennett of particular interest. I hope you, too, enjoy it! Elaine is a marketing specialist-turned blogger, currently writing for Bizzmark Blog

4 Tips for a Successful Book Fair

Book fair | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

First off, congrats on publishing your work! In the today’s world of fast-paced digital consumption, when too many will rather opt for a quick llama video over a complex, mind-boggling selection of short stories, writing still prevails as an art form that deserves praise. Now that you’re done with the difficult part, writing the darn thing, how you approach your marketing strategy and your preparation for upcoming book fairs may make a big difference in your book’s success.

Book fairs remain very relevant for authors as well as publishers when it comes to promotion, getting…

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What are action beats and how can you use them in fiction writing? – by Louise Harnby…

I’m very keen on action beats, and it’s so good to see their function explained here in such depth.

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Action beats are short descriptions that come before, between or just after dialogue.

Here’s how to use them in your fiction writing.

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The Hero’s Journey and Archetypes

Been doing some more research into the hero’s journey and also character archetypes and found this interesting post. It’s good to see that basic models can be changed or modified in story telling.


We learned in class about Joseph Campbell and “The Hero’s Journey”.  Basically Campbell created a concept of a basic story structure that was found in many stories around the world.  The structure can be found in many narratives, both classic and new.  Here is a link to an outline of the Hero’s Journey:


We also learned about archetypes.  These are character types that are found in many stories, and they always have the same basic characteristics.  Here is a link to a list of some classic archetypes:


These concepts can be combined to create a blueprint for your story, and can be altered accordingly to bring an element of unpredictability to it.  For instance, steps in the Hero’s Journey can be moved, combined, or deleted altogether.  Another alteration is for the characters to have the aspects of more than one archetype.  For instance, the Hero could also be…

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints — Eight Ladies Writing

Hi there and welcome to the end of yet another week. Keeps happening, doesn’t it? This week, among other things, I spent some time in San Francisco. While walking off a day’s worth of stuck-sitting-in-meetings”, I encountered the whimsical Museum of Ice Cream, which my son tells me is “an Instagram hot spot.” Who knew? […] … Continue reading Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints — Eight Ladies Writing

5 Tips for (New) Writers — Mary Lamphere

After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every time I start a new project, it’s like it’s my first project. Whether you are […] … Continue reading 5 Tips for (New) Writers — Mary Lamphere