5 Key Questions To Ask About Character Motivations

Creating compelling characters is perhaps the most important aspect of fiction writing. Previously, we've explored the processes of crafting believable characters, writing strong character relationships, and making your characters more memorable. But what about your characters' motivations? The decisions and actions of characters drive the plot of every story. And each …

5 Simple Invoicing Tools For Freelance Writers

Invoices pay our bills and put food on our tables. They’re a freelance writer's best friend, and yet they can be so dull and time-consuming. As writers, we want to spend our time writing, not staring dolefully at spreadsheets. So why subject yourself to unnecessarily complicated invoicing procedures? As with most things …

9 Handy Tips For Planning A Successful Book Launch

If you'll be releasing your self-published book sometime soon, you've probably wondered whether or not to throw a book launch. You might have been asking yourself whether it's even possible to throw a successful book launch as an indie author. After all, you're a writer, not an event planner! Well, we're …

5 Steps To Naming Your Characters Effectively

Names are powerful. And naming a character is not a decision to be taken lightly. It can even be more important than a character's carefully-crafted appearance. Good names help both writers and readers move through a story smoothly." — Dan Schmidt But it's no easy task to find the right name for your …

8 Essential Components of a Self-Publishing Team

So you've decided to self-publish your book. Congratulations! Indie publishing is constantly growing and evolving, and indie authors now have a better-than-ever chance at pursuing a successful writing career. But if we've learned one thing when it comes to self-publishing, it's this: you can't do it alone. The word 'independent' in …