Launch Week for A Debut Novel About Surfing, Drugs, and a Sister’s Love

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Who Need Readers

This week I’m featuring an interview with California author Kathleen Doler, whose debut novel, THE HOOK, has just come out. I hope you’ll share this author’s excitement about reaching this milestone. It’s a terrific book with a strong female protagonist facing challenges from her present and her past. Kathleen is celebrating the launch week of […]

New Novel Worksheets| 3 Worksheets That’ll Help You Get Started Writing Your Novel

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

Starting a new novel scares writers, even authors who’ve been at this writing game for years. In this post I’m going to give you three simple worksheets to help you firm up the novel that’s trapped in your head. Once you’ve put words on the page, you’ll have taken the first step in writing the […]

Story Structure | Filling the “Plot-holes”

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions, Plot

Story structure is something I’ve worked long and hard to learn. If I wrote detective fiction or romance novels, I’d have a readymade scaffolding onto which I could hang my plot hooks and turning points. Those genres have conventions no writer of genre fiction can afford to ignore. With literary fiction, however, story structure isn’t […]

Character Checklists | Fill One Out for Every Character in Your Book

by Marylee MacDonald in Characters, For Beginning Writers

Character checklists can help you keep track of the people in your novel. Using character checklists gives you a systematic way to explore the wants, needs, and personality traits of all your people, not just the ones onstage at the moment. In the prewriting stage, I use the questionnaire below to help me get to know […]

Mary A. Clark Interview | An Intuitive Author

by Marylee MacDonald in For Readers

Many people know from a very young age that they want to write books, and that’s the case with author Mary A. Clark, poet, novelist, and the author of a book of creative nonfiction. Mary’s journey as a writer is like many of our journeys, which is to say full of life experiences that add […]

New Categories for YA Authors | How to Rank on Amazon

by Marylee MacDonald in Apps & Software, For Writers Doing Revisions

What are categories and how does your book’s metadata determine them? Well, if you’re going to write one book and put it online yourself, categories and metadata may not matter very much. But if you plan on publishing several books and you want to have a career as an author, those terms matter a great […]

Hiring An Editor | Should You Spend The Money?

You’ve slaved over your novel, and now you’re ready to send it out into the world. Should you consider hiring an editor, and if so, what kind? If your novel needs help with plot and characterization, hire a developmental editor. If you’re shaky on facts and need someone to check your dates, proper names, timeline, […]

Writing A Memoir Is Harder Than You Think

by Ronald E. Yates in For Memoir Writers

Writing a memoir is harder than you think. Even people who have lived interesting lives find it difficult to turn those lives into readable, compelling stories. That’s why many celebrities hire ghost writers or journalists to co-author their memoirs. This guest post is written by Ronald E. Yates, former Dean of the School of Journalism […]

Writing the Memoir (Part 1) | by Ronald E. Yates

by Ronald E. Yates in For Memoir Writers

I’m welcoming back Ronald E. Yates, author of Finding Billy Battles and The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles. Ron is just completing the third book in the series,  and I can’t wait to find out how his remarkable hero’s life turns out. November 1, 2016 by Ronald E. Yates This week I am focusing on […]