Tag Archives: Writing

Reading for Writers

Tweet Reading for Writers To improve your writing, pretty much everyone agrees that you should write a lot and read lot. Some people maintain that you should read both good writing and bad writing. The argument for the latter is that it will help you recognize what doesn’t work. The premise goes that if you […]

Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part II.

Tweet Supercharge your creativity. Last week, I outlined nine ways to enhance your creativity and supercharge your writing. Today I offer three more ideas. As you’ll see, they work synergistically to help you. Trigger Your Creativity Just as day follows night, you can trigger your creativity using a learning procedure called classical conditioning. Remember Pavlov […]

Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part I

Tweet Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part I Many years ago I had the good fortune to attend a number of workshops designed to increase creativity. My father taught two of them, and one was with Sidney Parnes, one of the founders of the Creative Problem Solving Institute in Buffalo New York. Through their influence and […]

Writing Journals: An Author’s Guide

Tweet Using a Writing Journal   When I heard that John Steinbeck kept a writer’s journal I thought I’d better give it a whirl. It’s turned out to be one of the most useful tools in my arsenal. It helps me stay focused on whatever project I’m working on, experiment with different passages, brainstorm ideas, […]

Writing to Music, by Alina Sayre

Tweet Welcome fantasy author, Alina Sayre, who’s just released The Illuminator Rising, Book 3 of The Voyages of the Legend. Alina stops by today with a guest post on writing to music, a topic dear to my heart! More about Alina, The Illuminator Rising, and a chance to win the book below. But first . […]

Writing is Not Writing

Tweet One of my favorite parts of writing is not writing. The best ideas come when I’m out in the world, absorbing life. Walking must stimulate the neural network in my brain related to creativity. If I’m stuck, all I have to do is walk. Something is bound to come, especially if I’m out in […]

“Teleportation in the rain” – Why I write for Teenagers

Tweet   “Teleportation in the rain” – Why I write for Teenagers. A Guest Post By Tim Flanagan Writing for teenagers is refreshing! It provides me, as a writer, a lot more freedom to write ideas and possibilities than I could ever get away with in an adult book. Teenagers are much more likely to […]

Suspense Thrillers and the M-16 Agenda

Tweet Suspense novelist James P. Wilcox joins us today to discuss thrillers, characters, villains, and his novel, The M-16 Agenda.   Silverberry: What are the elements of a great suspense thriller?   Wilcox: For me, the great suspense thriller has to have great characters. The characters have to be believable and we have to have […]

Making Money as an Author

Tweet I met author Oli Hille in a Facebook group dedicated to helping authors succeed in publishing their work. In that group, Oli has been a tireless support to the many writers striving to live their dream. I’ve read and enjoyed several of Oli’s books, so when he offered to do a guest post about […]

What Readers Want!

Tweet What’s the secret ingredient to grabbing a reader’s attention, to holding and keeping them? I wrote a guest post on WG2E, The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing. See the link below to see what I think the secret ingredient is! WG2E is an awesome site. Their mission is ————————> To be every writer’s destination – […]