Your Character’s Career: Why It May Be the Most Important Decision in Your Book

Your Character’s Career: Why It May Be the Most Important Decision in Your Book

In the 1998 movie Ever After, the character Prince Henry (played by Dougray Scott) complains that “to be so defined by your position, to only be seen as what you are. You don’t know how insufferable that is!” To which Drew Barrymore’s character responds, “You might be surprised. A gypsy, for example, is rarely painted […]

Winning Wednesday: The Age of Pilgrimage by Jonathan Sumption

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Michael Colwill. In order to win the prize of an autographed poster of Behold the Dawn’s cover, he answered the question “What color was the official uniform of the Knights Templars?” The Knights Templars, the infamous protectors of Jerusalem’s Temple, traditionally wore a white tabard emblazoned with a red […]

Why You Should Stick With a Story

Thinking About Giving Up on Your Story: This Is the #1 Reason You Shouldn’t

There you are, staring at the computer, fighting the very nearly overwhelming urges to alternately smash your forehead against the keyboard, tear your hair out, and, eventually, weep inconsolably. The problem? You’re 30,000 words into your latest novel, and nothing is going right. The dialogue is as flat as week-old roadkill. The characters are either […]

Winning Wednesday: Behold the Dawn Poster

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Brenda Llanas. In order to win the double prize of the Behold the Dawn keychain and Wordplay pen, she answered the multiple choice question “A destrier—a particular kind of horse—was mostly likely to be used by whom?” The correct response was B “A knight.” Horses in the Middle Ages […]

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Scrivener Too Expensive? Try the Free Writing Software yWriter (Video Tutorial)

Over the years, I’ve dabbled with various writing software and have always found them wanting. I’d pretty much given up on the hope of finding a program that would meet my needs as a writer… and then someone at the ChristianWriters forums introduced me to yWriter. yWriter was designed by author and programmer Simon Haynes, […]

Winning Wednesday: Keychain and Pen

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Liberty Speidel. In order to win the Warhorse Bumper Sticker, she answered the question “In what year did Pope Innocent II ban the tourneys—the huge mock battles which were the predecessors of the slightly more civilized jousting tournaments?” Tournaments in the Middle Ages The medieval Church objected to the […]

Making Clichés Work in Your Writing

3 Ways to Make Cliches Work in Your Writing

True story: Sometime last year, I encountered a man named Howard (name changed to protect the not-so-innocent) who had written a fantasy novel that he couldn’t seem to sell. And he just couldn’t understand it. “My work is 100-percent cliché free! I hate, loathe, and despise clichés. I’ve scoured my work and eliminated every single […]

Winning Wednesday: Warhorse Bumper Sticker

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Teresa Webb. In order to win the Behold the Dawn Tote Bag, she answered the question “What did noblemen do with their trenchers—the dried bread “plates” off which they ate—when they were finished with a meal?” The correct response was B “Gave them to the poor.” Dining in the […]

How to Market Your Book, Pt. 4: Diversify

How to Market Your Book, Pt. 4: Diversify

Today, I’m posting over on AuthorCulture, with the post “Viral Marketing, Pt. 3 of 4: Overlooked Sites and Wastes of Time.” Here’s an excerpt: Although all of the networking options in the sites discussed previously in this series are important for extending our web presence, the contacts we make through them will be of little use if […]

How to Market Your Book: What to Avoid

How to Market Your Book, Pt. 3 of 4: What to Avoid

Today, I’m posting over on AuthorCulture, with the post “Viral Marketing, Pt. 3 of 4: Overlooked Sites and Wastes of Time.” Here’s an excerpt: One of the keys to effectively figuring out how to market your book is being able to instantly recognize which sites are a waste of time and eliminate them from your routine. Following […]