“You must spend money to earn money.” And it’s no different for authors. Buying refurbished can save you money, and these three steps will also help you avoid the headache of purchasing bad products.
If you’ve ever looked up a movie online before going to the theater (you know, back in the day), you probably saw a rating: G for “General,” “PG13 for “Parental guidance suggested for kids under 13,” and so on. Those ratings may also be accompanied by a word or two telling you why the movie is rated that way (for example, rated R for violence). The rating is a quick way to say “hey, this movie is best for [age range] and contains [this element] which may not be appealing to all viewers.”
Series are popular (books, TV, movies, video games—the list goes on). We like returning to familiar places, seeing characters we’ve started thinking of as friends again, watching our heroes save their home from the next big thing. It’s exciting. At least, it is if done right.
The thesaurus is a fantastic tool, but like a happy hammer pounding an abused nail, it can break your book's meaning.
The reason you "can't" write today is because you just told yourself you "can't."
We don’t always need to know everything that happens between one event and the next. The actions in the middle (let’s call them “middle actions”) can slow down or halt a story at both the line and overall levels.
The fact that we have no idea how much blood the average human has or how much we can lose and still function or even what the process of losing blood looks like has allowed for some pretty insane fiction both written and on the screen.
Make a conscious choice about the books you read.
POV is often touted as the vehicle through which your story is told. Is your character narrating? Is there a third-party narrator who’s monitoring one character’s thoughts/reactions? POV does this, but the way it does this means the difference between a report and a story.
You’ve heard of stretching the creative muscle—the hypothetical muscle that keeps you putting fresh ideas on the page. But what about the other more literal muscles involved in the creative process?