Writing Tips

This is a page for websites I find particularly useful to help people become better writers.

As with my articles, I aim to find articles that not only provide insight (the what) but seek to give the method (how) and a deeper understanding of usage (why). Often times, articles only meet 1 or 2 of that criteria, and while a few articles below have that, I aim to find article to offer all 3. Below is the articles I favor to help newer writers find their way.

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How to Create Outstanding Social Media Pages [Infographic] by Mitt Ray
Description: Good to know how to fully utilize Social Media Sites to improve your marketing potential.

How to Increase your SEO with Google Plus by Kelly Wilson
Description: Using Google Plus and its features to increase your SEO potential

How to Put Together a Press Kit by Tim Donnelly
Description: A Press Kit is a good way to connect with reporters to get basic information about you without having to do additional work, throwing the Press a bone.

How To Write A 1-Page Synopsis by Susan Dennard
Description: The dreaded synopsis that haunt all writers. A good article to do a 1-page Synopsis

6 Tips for Writing a Knockout Fight Scene by Codey Amprim
Description: The nuts and bolts to writing a good fight scene in your book.

Top 10 Tips on How to Write Romance by Amberr Meadows
Good Advice on writing romance, either as an aspect of your book or genre

The Moral Villain by Becca Puglisi
Some good information about designing your villain so that s/he is better understood, even if we don’t agree with them.

The Top 25 Ways to Blow a Book & Top 25 Ways to Write an Awesome Book by K.M. Weiland
Solid tips on what you can do to make your book good and what not to do, so you don’t blow it.

How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds by K.M. Weiland
An easy to understand formula with great examples out how to increase the intensity of your story.

10 Ways to Make Readers Loathe Your Antagonist by K.M. Weiland
While a great character is complex, whether they are the Antagonist or Protagonist, sometimes we just need a character to hate for the sake of hating. This list gives us a good general character or a starting point to build complex characters.

One Critical Tip From Professional Gamblers Will Make Your Characters Unforgettable by Ninie Harmon
Most humans have a nervous habit and often don’t realize it. Gamblers call this a tell, an indication if you have something good or bad based on body language. Sometimes as writers we forget about nervous habits, and this article takes a look into that.

7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers by Sabrina Ricci
This is a very all in one sort of page that gives one everything they need to get reviews and find readers. Amazing.

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes by K.M. Weiland
You’ll be amazed what kind of lie your character believes, whether the antagonist to the protagonist. What motivates them is often an impression that is not true.

The Terribleminds Holy Mother Of God Lordy Lordy Hallelujah Guide To Creating Super Ultra Awesomepants Supporting Characters by Chuck Wendig
Did you know your support characters think they’re the main characters? That they themselves have their own heroes journey to accomplish and their own obstacles to overcome? Often we write that our support characters are only of concern to our main character, but all characters have something going on.

Four-Act Structure by Andi Brunett-Libecap
A good article not only saying what a Four-Act structure is, but also demonstrating how one works.

My Ultimate POV Guide – With Graphics And Examples by Veronica Sicoe
A great detailed explanation for POV with graphics to demonstrate how each is accomplished.

Periodic Table of Storytelling by James Harris
A periodic table of elements of storytelling from TVTropes.org

Writer’s Resource: Create a calendar (with moon phases!) for any month in history by Sara Whitford
Get a full calendar with Moon Phases for your story. This is of course for Earth only.

So You Want to be a Writer by Leanna Renee Hieber
This is a fantastic article. if I were to reorganize my list, I would likely put this on top. This is a good article for people right at the beginning, before they put word down to page considering the idea of becoming a writer, or perhaps you’ve gotten a few words down. Definitely check this out.

The Best Places to Find Free, High-Res Images for your Website by
One of the hardest parts of being a writer is cover design. It can convince people not to buy your work without even reading a single word you’ve written. Money is tight and you can’t draw. This article offers you an alternative to consider.

Creating Complex Secondary Characters Using Tarot Part 1 and Part 2 by Christopher D. Votey
This is my own article, but it was a guest post on Sophie Duncan’s site. In using tarot cards, being able to create complex secondary characters with a spread I invented to give them more depth.

Thrill Writing by Fiona Quinn
This is a fantastic website full of helpful advice about a wide range of topics. They include articles on police, military, lethal and non-lethal weapons, solving crimes, evidence, gangs, terrorism, arresting criminals, mental health, body language, and so much more than I can list. As the site says, “Helping Writers Write It Right”

10 Tips on How to Write an Author Bio by 
A great look on how to write your bio to really reach people when viewing a guest blog or press kit.

10 Things Writers Don’t Know About The Woods by Dan Koboldt
Got a forest in your book. See those great movies of a hero chasing a villain in the woods or a ranger sneaking through. How lightly is that going to happen? Find out.

World Guns by World.Guns.Ru
Guns… need lots of gun. Bad Matrix quote aside, this website offers basic information on firearms and detailed information about specific guns.

300+ Fool-Proof Fonts to use for your Book Cover Design by Derek Murphy
An epic list of fonts for each genre of writing, for those who design their own covers.

Things You Should Know When Writing About Guns by Chuck Wendig
We love them and often have them in our story. Yet, many of us don’t seem to really understand guns and often use what we learn in movies and TV shows and put it in our books. Often times guns are a fantasy element that we use like a magic wand, often doing things that scream impossible or improbable. This article dispels some myths about guns and how to properly represent them.

How To Triumph On Twitter by Carrie-Anne Foster
Ready to put yourself out there as a writer? Twitter should be your first stop and this article gets your foot in the door and help you put your name in the writer community.

How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction (Just Like TFIOS) by Kathryn Goldman
Ever wonder if you can put a brand name in your story? Isn’t that infringing upon an intellectual property? Could you be sued for doing it? Check out this article to find out.

What Are Pinch Points? And How Can They Make Your Book Easier to Write? by K.M. Weiland
If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of Pinch Points. At first I thought it might be how to do pressure points on a person, but instead, it is a key element to your story that is often overlooked that can add more flair to your story beyond just the Plot Points.

The Cognitive Hack That Prompts Readers to Click by Kelsey Meyer
A look into why people might click on your article and advice on ways to improve traffic.

What to Leave Out of Your Author Bio by Sarah Negovetich
Writing a Biography for yourself is difficult. You try to see what others do and build your own from that, but often times mistakes are made and you inherited those mistakes without realizing it. Here is a way to avoid or correct those mistakes.

10 Things that Red-Flag a Newbie Novelist  by Anne R. Allen
I know I’ve seen a lot of beginning writers make these sort of mistakes, and I feel this article is good for those starting out to know what not to do.

How to Find and Work with Beta Readers to Improve Your Book by Kristen Kieffer
Perhaps the most difficult thing once you’ve written your story is to find someone to read your work and give you an honest review. This article gives you an insight into finding one building that relationship.

Instead of Bugging Your Family and Friends, Try These Writing Critique Groups by Meryl Williams
Needing someone to read your story to give you an honest review, but don’t know where to find said person? This article will show you the many places you can go to find beta readers and critique partners.

How Writers Can Optimize Their Book’s Description on Amazon by C.S. Lakin
Your book is read to be displayed on Amazon, but now you must give a description for your book. Ugh! You hate doing this. Yet, this article shows you how this is an opportunity to help make your book stand out more.

Selecting an Editor by Russel Blake
An Editor is like a Mechanic, everyone seems to know one. Even then, you should do your due diligence and ask some tough questions to find out if they’re a good fit for you. This article goes over a few things to consider in looking for an Editor.

The Writer’s Guide to Building an Email List by Kimberley Grabas
The idea of publishing a book and becoming world famous is quickly shrinking into obscurity. These days, you must do a lot of marketing to even get noticed. This article goes over one of the most important aspects of marketing, giving you a good starting point.

The Pros And Cons Of Pro Cons (For Writers) by Chuck Wendig
You have a few books, and maybe some great fans. The question is, should you go to a con as a patron, or as a writer. Is it worth the expense of having a table at a con as a writer, or even giving some lectures? Chuck gives us the Pros and Cons on Cons for the Pros. See what I did there?

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters by K.M. Weiland
Sometimes we are so in love with one specific thing about a character, that it is all we end up focusing on… thus creating the one-dimensional character. This goes over the how and how not to creating one-dimensional characters.

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