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!
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
I’m accustomed to getting rejections from literary magazines, because well, the acceptance rates to the ones I submit to are less than 1%. Let’s be realistic for a minute, rejection is the most likely outcome! With the holidays over, I’ve received a slew of rejections for stories that have been out on submission for months. … More AJ Update: Analyzing Lit Mag Rejections
To wrap up the blog tour, we have two more blogs to share! This feature is best suited for those interested in finding book review blogs. Blog Feature: The Written Word Remains by Kelsie Engen Today I have one of my favorite indie writers featured for the AJ December Blog Tour: Kelsie Engen. She’s written some … More AJ Blog Tour: Double Blog Feature!
Disclaimer: Not your typical book review. This review analyzes what writers can learn from those who’ve come before. What went right, and what went wrong, and why I think it turned out that way and how a writer can replicate it! (Or avoid it) Oddly enough, I’ve chosen to review the second book in the … More Book Review for Writers – Everbound, an Everneath Novel
Before I get into the AJ Blog Tour’s next blog feature, I’m excited to announce the Amazon $15 Gift Card Winner! Gheorghe R. was randomly selected from the entries and has been notified, and even sent me a nice thank-you for the prize. Congrats! For those of you who didn’t win, I have a mystery freebie … More Blog Feature: The Story Collector ~ Amazon $15 Gift Card Winner ~ +Mystery Freebie!