FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY

BLACK FRIDAY TWO-SENTENCE STORY CHALLENGE Flash fiction is supposed to be short and fast, and it doesn’t get much faster than two sentences! But it’s a holiday weekend here so I wanted to make this fun. (I saw this on CS Wilde’s blog and LOVED the idea. I spent longer thinking about my two sentenceContinue reading “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY”

4 VITAL Things To Know As An Indie Author (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 2)

  If you wrote a book and published it, congratulations! You’re a small business owner, and entrepreneur. A budding capitalist.   You write your product. That’s cool!   Then, you sell your product.   So… you’re a salesperson.   Ugh. Most of you NEVER wanted to be salespeople.   Your book/books are your business, andContinue reading “4 VITAL Things To Know As An Indie Author (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 2)”

3 Tips To Getting Over Your Holiday Writing Hurdles (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 1)

  I expected to get a ton of writing done at Christmas last year. NOTHING got done!     NOTHING!!!     Writer’s slump? Maybe.   Don’t you HATE it when the words aren’t flowing, or you can’t get motivated to write? Or other writing related hurdles?   The thing is, it passes.   ThinkContinue reading “3 Tips To Getting Over Your Holiday Writing Hurdles (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 1)”

DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! The 6 Things You Need To Do To Be A Successful Author

    If you look at some author groups on Facebook, you hear a lot of complaints: no sales, no reviews, no royalties, marketing is hard…   Apparently, life sucks for authors.     DO NOT BUY INTO THIS CRAP!   Complaining about book sales is a bitchfest designed to… do what, exactly?   COMPLAINER:Continue reading “DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! The 6 Things You Need To Do To Be A Successful Author”

I Can’t Finish My Story! Failure To Launch, a (common) writer nightmare

Occasionally a writer reaches out and laments about a writerly problem. Here’s one I received recently that I think is fairly common. . Dear Dan, I recently realized that my writing has slowed to a standstill, not because I’m busy, but because I’m terrified to finish. Help. Scared Storyteller . Dear Storyteller, It’s not uncommonContinue reading “I Can’t Finish My Story! Failure To Launch, a (common) writer nightmare”

Endurance: Don’t Quit =/= Never Take Breaks

A critique partner and friend recently noted that I’m looking even more prolific the past few days, putting out a few chapters of my story for inquiring eyes at the critique website. Kinda sorta. Now, you know I am a BIG advocate of WRITE EVERY DAY, but I recognized something that you need to knowContinue reading “Endurance: Don’t Quit =/= Never Take Breaks”

What the HECK is a Virtual Assistant???

I know people who use Virtual Assistants and swear by them, and I know a lot of authors who are swamped with trying to run a blog and Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest and Snapchat, etc., and still find time to write – but don’t think they can delegate any of these tasks, and don’tContinue reading “What the HECK is a Virtual Assistant???”

Who Should I Read?

We all have our favorite authors (and some of you have read and enjoyed my stuff), but the question is… If we, as authors, are supposed to “read a lot and write a lot” – not necessarily in that order – to improve our craft, then it stands to reason we should be, well… Reading.Continue reading “Who Should I Read?”

Flash Fiction Challenge: Add A Line

I have always wanted to do a challenge like this. While this may not technically be flash fiction, since there’s no real definition of flash fiction, well then this definitely is flash fiction. Below is a chunk of my new story, The Water Castle. I’ll set the stage and walk away. You take over fromContinue reading “Flash Fiction Challenge: Add A Line”

6 Tips to Avoid BLOGGER BURNOUT – the dreaded affliction that kills you before you start AND after you’re a success!

We recently talked about these great blogs I’ve been reading that suddenly disappeared. (I was not directly linked to the disappearance of the bloggers in case you were wondering. No charges have been filed.) We thought they might have burned out from too much success. I know, I know: Burn out from too much success?Continue reading “6 Tips to Avoid BLOGGER BURNOUT – the dreaded affliction that kills you before you start AND after you’re a success!”