What Authors Can Learn from Box Office Bombs

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a small city to make a movie. Directors, actors, producers, cameramen, extras, set designers, costume designers...when you go see Avengers Endgame in a couple of weeks and you’re sitting through the credits waiting for that post-credit scene, try to keep track of how many people …

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How to Go Broke While Writing (A Satirical Approach to Financial Advice)

Doing a rerun post this week, the first part of my favorite series of posts so far. You can find part two here and part three here. --- When I first decided I wanted to become a serious author, I’ll freely admit I lost myself for a time in dreams of money and financial independence …

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See Jane Run: The Difference Between Showing and Telling

In last week’s post, I mentioned that I would spend some time talking about how to Show instead of Tell. I often mention that I’m going to do articles in the future, but this particular one received an unprecedented number of requests, so I decided to run with it. Just like last week, where I …

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What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show.

One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, good advice. The story is almost always better when you show something, rather than when you tell it. It immerses the reader more …

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How Long Should your Book be? Story Lengths Explained

One of the side effects of the modern ebook era is that the term “book” has pretty much lost all meaning. A book can be virtually anything when it’s published in an ebook format, because there’s no need to worry about printing and binding and all the things that come with a physical copy. Don’t …

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3 Ways Tabletop Gaming Helped Me Improve as a Writer

Hey, quick question to everyone reading - who here has played Dungeons and Dragons, or some other tabletop gaming system? Well, for those of you who haven’t, Dungeons and Dragons - and all the tabletop games that came later - can be hard to understand. The best explanation I have is this: remember when you …

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