Writing Hacks: Writing Resources

Not so long ago, finding information on writing and publishing involved a lot more searching and a lot less learning. These days the web is brimming with excellent advice and resources on everything from grammar to print on demand. You can find tutorials on YouTube, motivational calendars, support groups, charts/graphs/tracking apps, and just about anything … More Writing Hacks: Writing Resources

Worldbuilding in Action Part III SF Benson

Worldbuilding in Action (Part III) In my previous posts, I’ve discussed how I’m building the world for Justice in the Shadows—a dark vigilante novel by my alter ego, Nadirah Foxx. So far, I have created the Liberty City Police Department and City Center—located in the heart of the city. Other areas that I included on … More Worldbuilding in Action Part III SF Benson

Conflict & Characters

Recently, I began reading Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict by Cheryl St. John. It’s part reference and part textbook for learning the techniques needed to craft an expressive and compelling novel. Her first chapter launches with the concept of conflict. What exactly is conflict? You know it when you see it. I like to … More Conflict & Characters

Writing Hacks: Finding more time to write when you have a day job

So I suppose this isn’t so much a “how to improve your craft” post as it is a “how to improve your productivity/find more time to write” post. We’re all busy people. Most of us are adults with family, school, and work obligations outside of writing. For some of you, writing might be your full … More Writing Hacks: Finding more time to write when you have a day job

Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

I love stories that showcase the antagonist’s point of view. It gives readers an opportunity to know where they are coming from. Granted, some antagonists are truly twisted people and getting a glimpse into their minds can be disturbing. But, say, in the case of a lot of thrillers or horror stories, this “chill down … More Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

Publishing Audiobooks

The Indie Audiobook Process I’ve loved audiobooks since before it was cool. Before iPhones, before mp3 players. I spent years trying to convert friends to no avail. And now, finally, finally, readers are overcoming their prejudice. They’ve realized they can download straight to their phones, fit in reading while they’re driving, working out, mindlessly playing … More Publishing Audiobooks

Writing Hacks: Developing Your Characters’ Emotional Arcs

A lot of people think that writing a good story is about nailing the plot. (I was this way when I first started out.) While plot is important, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Equally important to plot is your casts’ character development, or what some call the characters’ emotional development. What is emotional … More Writing Hacks: Developing Your Characters’ Emotional Arcs