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How to Supercharge Your Novel by Infusing It with Color and Sounds

Editor’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by C. S. Lakin, a multipublished best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her new book—Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing—is designed to help writers learn the secrets of cinematic technique. You can buy it here in print and as an ebook.

The famous writing instructor Sol Stein said in his book Stein on Writing: “Readers, transformed by film and TV, are used to seeing stories. The reading experience . . . is increasingly visual.”

How to Supercharge Your Novel


9 Tips on How to Tell the Scariest Story Ever (Halloween or Any Time)

I got a call from a friend a couple days ago, and he wanted to know how to tell a story that would scare the heck out of a few friends who were coming over to his place for Halloween.

“No problem.” I told him. “I’ve got the perfect advice for telling a spine-chilling story. We’ll get ‘em good and scared.” He came over a few hours later and I proceeded to horrify him with a story of my own…

How to tell a very scary story.


2 Insanely Simple Steps For Becoming A REAL Writer

Do you want to write? Silly question, of course you do. You long to write. You dream of it. You crave words like chocolate. You’re 100% dedicated to your craft.

However, you’re not actually writing these days. Maybe you’re still researching your subject matter. Or, you want to wait until your kids are older. You might plan to write full-time after retirement, when you have more time and money.

The Desire To Write


What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt

Drumroll please, and the winner of the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest is: “What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt” by Christine, author of the blog, Better Novel Project. Join me in congratulating Christine in the comments and enjoy her post below, it’s an outstanding tribute to the creative spirit and overcoming Writer’s Doubt.

When there’s a giant obstacle blocking me from my desk chair, it’s always the same question: Why did I think I could be a writer?

Writer Genius Overcoming Doubt


The Monster in Every Writer’s Head

Note: This post is the 2nd place winner in the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest, “The Monster in Every Writer’s Head” by blogger, Liwen Ho of 2 Square 2 Be Hip. *Warning* This is the type of post you’re going to want to save and read again and again. Trust me, it’s sneaky good like that. Join me in congratulating Liwen in the comments.

You know how under every kid’s bed is a monster?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. In every writer’s head exists a monster, too…



How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt (3rd Place)

Today I begin presenting the winners of the “Writer’s Doubt” contest with 3rd place, “How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt” by Chelsea. This is a great essay, and it’s very inspiring for anyone dealing with doubts about their creativity and writing. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Chelsea in the comments!

Read Chelsea’s essay below the picture…

Writer in Doubt


Slay The #1 Enemy of Creativity and Writing (Only 3 Days!)

I’m about to do something I said I wouldn’t do with my latest book, “Writer’s Doubt.” But as we get closer and closer to the holiday season something is urging me to do it. I can’t stop myself from….

Stuck in doubt


What I Learned From Screwing-up My Book Cover Design

Book cover design is not rocket science.

It’s simple: You need a cover that instantly grabs one’s attention and describes what the book is about in a single glance.

Woman reading a book


6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life

Whether you’re a full-time writer, a hobby writer, or a writer with another full-time job, you have to admit that being a writer is a pretty good life. On the whole, we’re pretty lucky to do what we love. But…

Writing at a coffee shop for bliss!


9 Ways to Promote Your Writing Without Being a Jerk

I bet you’ve heard (real or imagined) that self-promotion is creepy, despicable and well, just plain wrong. Don’t do it. How dare you even consider it?! Don’t!

And two stamps of the left foot for extra measure.

My answer to such assertions against self-promotion is, quite simply, capital B – friggn’ – S! And I’ll tell you why…

Your work matters