Guest Post – How to DIY a Super Cheap, Super Effective Writing Retreat

While browsing the Internet recently I came across an extremely interesting website called “Yes and Yes.” The site is operated by Sarah Von Bargen, who started the site in 2008. Since then Sarah has “slowly found an audience of 12,000+ daily readers and been featured in places like Lifehacker, Problogger, Glamour, and Forbes.com among others.” … More Guest Post – How to DIY a Super Cheap, Super Effective Writing Retreat

Raymond Chandler’s 10 Commandments For Writing a Detective Novel

  Raymond Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature. He is considered to be one of the founders of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other “Black Mask” writers. Through the eyes of his most famous character Philip Marlowe, Chandler navigated a thinly veiled … More Raymond Chandler’s 10 Commandments For Writing a Detective Novel

Character Traits – Eisoptrophobia

Eisoptrophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of mirrors or of seeing one’s reflection in a mirror. The word originates from the Greek “eis” (into) and “optikos” (vision, image, sight). Other English words derived from “optikos” include “optic” (relating to vision) and “optician,” a technician who designs eyeglasses according to a prescription. A person who … More Character Traits – Eisoptrophobia

Local Opportunities – Don’t Overlook Them!

Guest Post by Tam May When I knew I wanted to become a self-published author rather than go the traditional route, I started doing my homework researching the process. I knew promotion and marketing my work would be a challenge. I read articles and books on the subject, gathering information about the options available, everything … More Local Opportunities – Don’t Overlook Them!