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Six YouTube Channels Indie Authors Should Follow: Resources for Writers Series

May 16, 2019

Tips for Efficient YouTube Use You probably know that when you follow a YouTube channel by hitting the subscribe button, it’s added to your list. But that’s not the only thing you can do to stay up to date or make use of YouTube as an indie author (without generating your own videos). Notifications – […]

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Organizing Your Writing Projects

May 3, 2019

Like most of the authors I know, I’m not a naturally organized person. Sometimes it’s a struggle to force myself to get the major plot points or non-fiction chapters mapped out before I start on a new project. After installing a giant electronic whiteboard I picked up on CraigsList, I was able to see the […]

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Exotic Settings on an Indie Author’s Budget

March 30, 2019

It seems that anyone who wants to write in the action, adventure, or thriller genres needs a bazillion air miles on their credit cards in order to fly out to all of those exotic locations, write that section of the story, and then jet off to the next locale. What if you want to write […]

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The Author’s Law of Momentum

March 14, 2019

Newton’s Second Law loosely says that the rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to the forces applied in the direction of those forces. Have you ever had someone toss you a watermelon? The big ones are tough to catch because they can slip out of your hands due to momentum. The watermelon wants […]

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Small Arms Primer for Authors

February 28, 2019

Many genres provide arsenals full of of handguns to their characters to use as they stumble through the complex plot their writers have invented. From the trusty Western six-shooter to Han “I Shot First” Solo’s blaster, guns are an integral tool of the trade. When a writer has no first-hand knowledge of how to use […]

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Red Herrings

February 23, 2019

Red Herrings and Other Fishy Thoughts In literature, a red herring is an informal fallacy that typically uses extraneous or irrelevant information to mislead the audience. It’s used to give an astute reader several challenges during the telling of the tale. In other words, they’re purposeful lies the author employs to mislead the folks who […]

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Worldbuilding Tools

February 12, 2019

Science fiction and fantasy rely heavily on placing the reader in a world that envelopes them like a warm blanket. That blanket might be a comforting hug from Hermione or the backblast of covering fire from a Gauss gun. It’s the responsibility of the author to craft a world that follows its own rules and […]

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AuthorCentral is Not Limited to the United States

February 5, 2019

Amazon’s AuthorCentral websites allow readers to see a dedicated page focusing on a particular writer. It’s an easy way for Amazon customers, particularly those with Kindle readers, to find more about an author. The recently re-designed pages now include a sliding window featuring books registered to an author. The images are larger, allowing the viewer to […]

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MacGuffins, McGuffins, Maguffins

February 4, 2019

Quoted from Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”… JULES You win. Jules raises his hand off the briefcase. It’s all yours, Ringo. PUMPKIN Open it. Jules flips the locks and opens the case, revealing it to Pumpkin but not to us. The same light SHINES from the case. Pumpkin’s expression goes to amazement. Honey Bunny, across the room, can’t […]

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REVIEW: Writing Military Science Fiction – Infantry

February 4, 2019

Writing Military Science Fiction – Infantry by William S Frisbee Jr. Review by Josh Hayes Book Link: https://amzn.to/2UFOLxj If you don’t write mil sci-fi then this article won’t apply to you, but if you do… YOU NEED THIS BOOK. (I’d suggest getting the paperback) This book is over 250 pages, packed full of extremely useful information […]

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