Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar story telling advice

14. Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

16. What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens…

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6 Ways to Be a Writer While Recovering from Surgery

As I write this I am recovering from my 5th surgery, which I just had yesterday, though by the time you read this, it’ll be months after the fact. For some surgeries, while you may be in pain and may not be eating much, if at all, you could still be capable of doing writerly things. Other surgeries have harder recoveries, and you may not have the mindpower to write as you did before the operation. If you’re going to undergo an operation in the future and worry you won’t be able to do writerly things, I have some tips for you.

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How To Brainstorm Brilliant Ideas (Infographic)

Brainstorming brilliant ideas

A helpful framework for counteracting the most common brainstorming pitfalls is called the four pillars of brainstorming. The concept of using the four pillars when brainstorming creative ideas was developed by Alex F. Osborn, an advertiser who coined the term “brainstorm” in the 1940s. His formula suggests going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas. These tactics can be used to create a brainstorming environment that all types of employees will excel in time and time again.

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How To Rank Your Book On The First Page Of Amazon Search

amazon book ranking tips

There is one particularly powerful tool that most indie authors don’t even think about: the Amazon search engine. If you can get your book to show up on the first page of specific Amazon searches, you suddenly have access to a massive audience.

But how do you do that?

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Author Tweets of the Week (4-6)

Blind Date with a Book

This is post 23 of 24 in the series “Author Tweets of the Week”     For this week’s Tweets of the Week, I’ve decided we will focus on humorous, inspirational, and poignant writing tweets from one of the best #amwriting tweeters in the business: @byMorganWright. For the first time ever, all tweets will be […]

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How to Write About Anything: A Few Tips for Writers

  How to Write About Anything: A Few Tips for Writers   by Jay Donnelly   If you are a professional writer, you will sometimes need to step outside of your comfort zone and write about topics you don’t like, or are not familiar with. The good news is that you can easily learn how […]

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Authors, You Need An Amazon Author Page

Setting up your Amazon Author Page

  Authors, You Need An Amazon Author Page   by Catherine Townsend-Lyon   Authors, do you have your Amazon author page set up? If not, why not? It is a vital part of your marketing platform. Let me show you how to get it all set up correctly and make you shine on Amazon. Writing and […]

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Five Ways to Turn a Fantasy Trope on its Head

Fantasy writing tips

  by A.F. Stewart   Every genre has its classic tropes and fantasy is no exception. There’s the noble quest, the human suddenly drawn into a magical world, the chosen one, the great warrior making a stand against evil, the peasant that turns out to be a lost king, and so on. Each trope, of […]

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