Tagged: writing advice

How the three laws of robotics apply to writing and planning

Today is National Sci-Fi day, and while we’re not on Sci-fi this month (that’s later in the year) as our featured support genre, for advice Mondays, I thought I’d share a bit of a thought experiment. First though… We’re a nation – or half of one – proud of our ignorance https://t.co/3I5AMHu7Ia — Valerie Douglas #fantasy #thriller #romance (@ValerieDouglasA) January 2, 2020 Today would be Issac’s 100th birthday, and there’s little denying the impact he...

The 2018 Anti-retrospective

Where the Benevolent Dictator consolidates all the 2018 ‘retrospectives’. Okay, first, I know it’s fashionable to bash the ‘Zon, I love you guys, but really, get over it. Bashing doesn’t help. Amazon’s primary concern is its customers, NOT its suppliers. Readers not authors. At least they still pay better than traditional publishers. On the other hand, some books do better on some sites than others. Amazon got burnt one too many times by authors who...

How to write a novel

W. Somerset Maugham said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Instead, take the advice of the pros: Just write How do you learn to write? Learn from the best – Read Read in your genre and out of it. Read everything. Learn to love words. Anyone who tells you how to write is lying. There are many people, writers of all kinds, who write books and blogs about how to...

Anyone who says there is one way to write is almost certainly wrong.

In other words, there’s no formula for success as an Indie writer. There will be plenty of people who will tell you different, some will even offer you solutions, software, or fixes, that they promise will make your book great. They will be wrong.     Somerset Maugham said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” That is the truth. There is no magic wand (if there were more...

Four things indie writers need to stop doing right now

The Indie Author Community is a great place to be right now.  There’s never been a better time to be a writer, in my opinion, and there are some really smart and engaged people out there. Unfortunately, there’s also a dark side.  And there are four things from the ‘dark side’ that I’m here to […]

The weekly roundup, week ending January 12th

It’s been an interesting week for indie authors, and there’s been lots of inspiring and interesting discussions on IAG. With deepest thanks to the members that asked questions! You can join IAG, if you’re not already a member, on Facebook. We also have our own Twitter account and Page. The Indie Author group was founded by several prominent indie writers and is moderated to ensure that there is no spam, so that the board can...