Prime the Pump

I noticed while in the process of writing my most recent book that I sometimes need a little warm-up before I can do my best work, so I started writing a little throw-away piece each day that allowed me to “prime the pump” and enhance the quality of my prose.This process of priming the pump had many positive side-effects. It gave me a sense of freedom that I don’t usually have when I’m in the middle of a project. I could write about any topic, say anything I wanted, and there was absolute […]


Write Better Characters

Good fiction writers possess the ability to create believable characters with depth and dimension who develop throughout a story. This requires a thorough understanding of human behavior.To write better characters, carefully observe your own behavior and the behavior of friends and family members. Make an effort to capture the richness of your experience in your writing. Imagine what might cause someone to commit a crime, contemplate suicide, join the peace corps or compose a symphony.Wri […]

Finding Your Voice

You may have heard the term “finding your voice” as it relates to your writing endeavors, but what exactly does it mean and how do you do it?In my view, finding your voice is really about finding the right combination of authenticity and marketability that will get you noticed and help you feel fulfilled.The opposite of finding your voice is trying to sound like someone else. If you’re writing in a genre that has no appeal for you just because it’s popular and potentially marketable, long […]

Self-publishing Step-by-step Guide

My first self-publishing experience was a disaster. I did everything in the wrong order. I made the mistake of formatting the manuscript before completing my final draft, and I had to re-paginate the whole document every time I made a small change! It took me 10 or 12 tries to get the cover art just right (and I was printing a hardback, so it cost $20 every time I ordered a new copy). When I was finally

Selling the Books You Write

As a self-published author, you are doing much more than writing. You’re designing, marketing, managing, and driving the entire process from start to finish. You are bringing ideas to life, giving them tangible form.When I first started writing, very few of my books were purchased or read. I wasn’t sure if this was because I had a poor product or because no one knew about it. Perhaps it was a little of both, but over time I learned that there is no artificial line drawn between marketing […]