4 Tips on Promoting to Educators


Put your Book in Educator’s Classrooms A friend and I recently sat down with two librarians to talk about what they like to hear in presentations. Their needs were different: one teaches in an elementary school and one in a high school. Yet, they agreed on several things. Educators are one market for most authors […]

Develop Sympathy with Character Traits 9


Use Character Traits to Make Your Character Sympathetic Yesterday, we looked at 9 character traits that can be used to develop sympathy for your character. Today, we’ll look at using those traits in your story. It’s not enough just to tell yourself, or write on a checklist, that your character has these traits and is, […]

9 Traits of Sympathetic Characters


Creating Sympathetic Characters, Part I I am working on characters in my VNovel. Apparently, I generate initial sympathy for my protag, but at some point, the reader loses the connection to him. So, there’s work to do. Here are things I’m looking at. 9 Character qualities that generate support Help Your Readers Identify with Your […]

How to Prioritize Your Writing Tasks


Prioritize Your Writing Time Does your To-Do List look anything like mine? I constantly have to carve out time to put my writing first. How do you prioritize? By Urgency – the deadline for this one is close? Or by Passion – I’m most interested in this project? To Do: Writing Revise my VNovel. I’m […]

10 Checkpoints for Scenes

Do NOT Pass Go Until You've Passed this Check List

Does your Scene Pass this Checklist? Where/When. (Setting) Did you orient the reader at the beginning of the scene? Does the reader know where this takes place: room in house, city, state, country, etc? Does the reader know when this takes place: time of day, season of year, place within chronology of story? If the […]