Writing Fiction: Should You Only “Write What You Know?”

In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed writing fiction and the value (or otherwise) of the writing dictum: “write what you know”. A new member, who’s a new author, posed a question. She’s writing an American Civil War novel, inspired by Gone With The Wind… and a family diary. “Does that mean,” she asked, … Read more

Why A Brain Dump? 3 Tips To Manage Stress And Organize Your Life

Feeling overwhelmed? Try a brain dump so you can see everything you need to manage. Then you can decide how you’ll manage it. Brain dumps are useful anytime you feel stressed.  Productivity guru David Allen is the author of the book, Getting Things Done: The art of stress-free productivity. In the book, he popularized brain … Read more

Use Short Stories And Novellas To Boost Your Self-Publishing Sales

Use Short Stories And Novellas To Boost Your Self-Publishing Sales

In a recent writers’ group meeting, we talked about short stories and novellas. Several authors in the group regularly write and publish short fiction. Most published just one story a month, but several published more. The most prolific author published eight short stories each month (!), while publishing a new novel every six months. But… … Read more

Avoid Decision Fatigue: 3 Ways To Conserve Energy And Get More Done

Avoid Decision Fatigue: 3 Ways To Conserve Energy And Get More Done

Have you heard of decision fatigue? If you’re ready to dismiss it as trendy nonsense—how can making decisions exhaust you?—not so fast. A couple of months ago, I found myself mentally exhausted. I wasn’t sure why: my work hadn’t changed, nor had anything changed much at home. After thinking about my daily routines, I began … Read more

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 4 Tips To Sell Your Books

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 4 Tips To Sell Your Books

A few weeks ago, in a writers’ group meeting, we discussed using social media for book marketing. Several authors used Instagram, others used Pinterest. It became a heated discussion: does social media sell books? Book marketing on social media: does it help you to sell more books? One author was adamant: social media, she said, … Read more

Regency Romance Standard: Georgette Heyer’s Heroes

Regency Romance Standard: Georgette Heyer’s Heroes

Over the past few months, I’ve found myself a little bored with current Regency romance. So, I decided it was time to enjoy myself by rereading the gold standard in Regency romance: Georgette Heyer. The Regency romance standard: Heyer’s heroes Nothing beats Georgette Heyer’s heroes. For example, here’s Charles Rivenhall, from The Grand Sophy: “The … Read more