I’ve discovered the most wonderful drug. You must have heard of it. Books, literature, the written word? One taste of “prose” and you’ll be gone for hours, maybe even days, only coming out of your stupor with drool running down your face and a jolt of lucid awareness that’ll have you asking for more. Should … More Satire Post: Warning, Books are Drugs!
A fantasy and post-apocalyptic novel published by Simon & Schuster, written by New York Times Bestselling author Kresley Cole offers insight to writers, analyzed by AJ Flowers. … More 5 Lessons Learned by Analyzing a Big 5 Novel: Poison Princess
It’s a reader’s world and there is never a shortage of free ebooks to read. But it can be difficult to know which ones are worth your time. I want to start a blog series where I take look through what’s available and offer my readership a short recommendation. Here are today’s free ebooks, enjoy! … More Today’s Recommended Free eBooks (March 5, 2017)
Today I’m going to focus on a critical story flaw that’ll get stories rejected, including mine. This is when your MC (main character) is considered “passive.” A passive MC is when he or she does not influence the story development, and rather outside sources, circumstances, or coincidences drive the story instead. A good rule of thumb … More 3 Sneaky Mistakes That’ll Get Your Story REJECTED!
Today I’m happy to interview a member of Scribophile, a dedicated writer’s community. H.S. Cook was raised in Essex, UK and when she’s not writing, she’s doing her job as a molecular biologist! I find that many writers have the coolest day jobs. We’re neat people, am I right? Let’s jump into the conversation: AJ: What do you … More Interview – H.S. Cook
I had one of those enlightening moments recently that highlighted the power of expectation. I began a new level of Japanese classes and have a new teacher. This is one of the intermediate level courses and she’s a lot tougher than what I’m used to, but I’m excited about it because I know I’m going to be … More How Japanese Class Improved my Writing
Being a writer can often feel like a synonym for being a “rule-follower,” at least if you want to be read by the masses. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that praise the “rules,” and usually, I’m a staunch supporter. But today I’m going to turn the tables and indulge in the authors … More 5 Modern Bestsellers that Broke the Rules
This is an excerpt from A Guide to Writing Your First Novel As an active member of Scribophile, an online critiquing community, I’ve had my share of new-author exposure. I’ve decided to compile a list here of some of the most common mistakes I see over and over again. I’ll avoid mentioning prose structure or … More 5 Mistakes of Aspiring Authors
Reblogged from Self Publishing Advice Center Hey guys. Sometimes I share helpful articles on my blog. I strongly suggest you check this one out! Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Predictions 2017
Hey guys! Good news to share today. My flash story “Castle Burberry’s Curse” has been published in Bards and Sages Quarterly January 2017 magazine! I’m very excited! This is my second publication with this magazine, the first being “The Drowned Prince” in their July 2017 issue. If you’d like to read my story without purchasing the … More AJ Update – Publication Announcement