Critique Groups

Critique groups are a great place to learn and develop one’s writing skills.

With a new year facing us, now might be the perfect time to think about starting or joining a critique group.

The first thing to do is ask before you start or join is: what is the purpose of a critique group? What do I want this group to do, or not to do? If you are already involved in one group, perhaps you need to assess what that group does for you, and decide to accumulate a different group of writers with different skills. And if you aren’t already in a group, consider what you think you need the most. Maybe you need to join two groups to meet different needs. Learn more.



Writing Science Fiction

Science Fiction is such a fun genre. The world building and characters are so much fun to develop. This article is a great one for writers.

This was an epic week for science-fiction fans, a week when real-life scientists validated one of the most cherished sci-fi legends. A pair of astronomers at Caltech revealed strong evidence for the existence of Planet X, the long-rumored world lurking at the edge of our solar system. Learn more.



Self-Publishing is a journey many authors choose to take. Here’s an interesting take on it.

Self-Publishing is a bit like running a lemonade stand, only without government interference. There’s a little something called the First Amendment, you see. With that in mind, what are some of the lessons we can glean from those little businesses we used to see in the summer by the side of the road? Learn more.






Coming up with ideas can be a challenge for writers. This article has some helpful suggestions.

We all have dreaded days when we stare at a blank page, unable to come up with an idea. Those are the times writers need to allow their resources of Brainstorming and Inspiration to move into free-flowing gear. Notice I said, “allow” because free-flowing thoughts can’t be manufactured.

Brainstorming: “noun; a conference technique of solving specific problems, amassing information, stimulating creative thinking, developing new ideas, etc., by unrestrained and spontaneous participation in discussion” ( Learn more.


Book Signings

Book Signings

Book signings can prove to be a new adventure for a first time author. This article helps with the preparation beforehand.

So…you’ve written a book. More than that, you’ve gone through the proper steps to get it published! Congratulations!  Once the moment of euphoria wears off you’ll start to wonder…what now? If you’re anything like me you’ve looked up every bookstore within driving distance, called them and scheduled a book signing.

Here are a few useful tips for your big day. Learn more.




New Writers

If you are new to the writing journey, this article might be of interest.

The calls, emails, and questions I get most often as an author are from new writers who say, “I’ve just finished a book.  What do I do now to get it published?” Most hope to be traditionally published—versus self-publishing their book—so I’m addressing my blog response to these writers.

Dear new author …

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First Person Point-of-View

Are you struggling with understanding how to write in first-person? Cec Murphy is running a series on point of view. It’s worth the trip over there to read everything he has written about on the topic.

Here are a few things you need to consider if you tackle first-person POV.

1. Your readers can know only what your protagonist knows. You can’t have any scenes in which the central character isn’t involved. (A few writers, such as James Patterson have developed a first-person/third-person style. Alex Cross speaks in first person; the antagonist, in alternating chapters, appears in third person.) Learn more.