Research


I’m so thrilled to be on Indie PUB Podcast this month! What do the terms beta reader, critique partner, and developmental editor even mean? What the heck is an alpha reader? Why should you care? As we so often hear, writing is rewriting, and it’s the editors, CPs, and readers that help make a story great. Listen in for insights on the editing process, secrets and tricks of the trade, and tips on how to FIND these people to begin...

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In Part 3, we are placing your characters in odd situations to see their character at work. Putting your characters in crazy, unlikely scenarios can help you understand what their reactions should be to events happening in your story. The more you can get into their psyche, the better you can predict what they’d really do. I think a lot of authors use the excuse, ‘they’ll do what I want them to, because their in my...

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In Part 2, we’re going back to the future with your character to understand where they’ve been and where they’re headed. One of my favorite franchises shows us the past, present, and future of their characters, X-Men. If you need to take a break and watch all of the movies for a refresher, I totally understand! Backstory can help you realize the depths within your character, and it can explain why your character...

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During this Hangout Gaby Robbins, Morgan Wylie, and I (Kallie Ross) are discussing all the avenues we seek (and will be seeking) help with writing this year. Conferences, webinars, articles, writing groups… Maybe one of them can help you write more words in 2015! The following are links to specific websites we mention during the show. Writer’s Digest Free Webinars: http://www.writersdigest.com/free-book-webinars The...

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Distractions and excuses have no place in 2015. Whether it’s laundry, grading papers, gabbing girlfriends, or a new episode of my favorite show I’m striving to implement the opposite of my norm. Instead of putting off writing, I plan to write and put off ALL (ok, most of) the things that make me feel guilty about not finishing the next chapter or writing a relevant blog post. This is great news for readers, because I plan...

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Some of you may be wondering what the heck is #LoveWriteCreate? Well, it’s what I’m thankful for this week and obviously, it’s a hashtag, but this week I plan to share so much more about this tool that I (along with Morgan Wylie and Gaby Robbins) have been utilizing this year. As a writer, I find myself constantly searching for answers. Whether it’s research for my current WIP, a quick How To for formatting,...

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