Fiction Comes to Life

6 Fictions Books to Read Before They Make it to the Big Screen If you’re an avid book reader and movie watcher, 2016 is definitely the year to be alive! 1. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (May 27th, 2016) ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ is a novel by Lewis Carroll, the sequel to Alice’s Adventures […]

Creating Memorable Characters

Just as a visual environment helps to transport the reader into the book, so does the creation of strong and indelible characters. Characters are the backbone of any novel and serve as the driving force behind the plot. By constructing vibrant, memorable characters, authors are able to hook readers and make them feel as though […]

Read More, Write Better

Our CEO Ken Dunn says, “You can always become better if you continue to study your craft.” Reading is simply that – studying the craft of writing. However, there are a surprising number of would-be writers who say that they don’t find enjoyment in reading, therefore, they don’t read. But this is a mistake which […]

Sense-filled Writing

“We live on the leash of our senses.” – Diane Ackerman Have you ever read a book with such great description, that you actually felt as though you were there, living the story? Perhaps you found yourself hanging on every word, tiny detail, and conversation the character was experiencing. It was exhilarating, right? As with […]

Don’t Fight It, Just Write It

Statistics show that 70% of Americans want to write a book. But why is that? Writing is time consuming and can be extremely difficult. In fact, many would-be authors often find themselves beginning a project and never finishing it because they get so overwhelmed by the process that they lose direction and, consequently, the motivation […]

Getting Personal in Second Person

Every good writer knows that the best way to connect with a reader is to get personal, and the easiest way to get personal is by speaking with them on an intimate level, person to person. But how do you do this? Simple – Second person writing. Pronouns like “you,” “your,” and “yours” will help […]

Diction in Fiction

Your diction is, essentially, your voice in writing. It is how you phrase your sentences and which words you use. Proper diction is paramount in writing, particularly in fiction. There are three traditional types of diction – formal, informal and slang. Formal diction is, rather obviously, the use of formal, more poetic words. Old English […]