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 […]

5 Ways to Pace Your Story

5 Ways to Use Pacing to Write a Powerful Story

Pacing is like a dam. It allows the writer to control just how fast or how slow his plot flows through the riverbed of his story. Understanding how to operate that dam–how to pace your story–is one of the most important tasks an author can learn. Without this skill, you end up writing stories that variously lack […]

How to Market Your Book Using Facebook and Forums

How to Market Your Book, Pt. 2 of 4: Using Facebook and Forums

Today, I’m posting over on AuthorCulture, with the post “How to Market Your Book Using Facebook and Forums.” Here’s an excerpt: Facebook is very possibly the single must-have on any networker’s list. Everybody and their mother’s cousin are on Facebook these days. You can’t afford not to join them. However, because the point of Facebook accounts is […]

Winning Wednesday: Behold the Dawn Tote Bag

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Mitch. In order to win the Charlemagne Sword Letter Opener, he correctly answered the question “What famous British king led the Third Crusade?”. Richard the Lion Heart Richard I, popularly known as Coeur de Lion, or the Lionheart, is easily the most well-known figure in the Third Crusade. Legendary […]