Character Deaths Have Meaning

 Character Deaths and its Painful Glory A bullet wound to the head, massive body trauma, vehicle accident or even a deadly encounter with an alligator? Now, what am I going to do to get my character to meet with his maker? Why does this character need to go? Is it going to have meaning? These are some of the questions we face when writing about killing off our least, and sometimes most favorite of characters within our stories.     I will start by saying Continue reading →

Opportunities Are Everywhere

Making Mistakes and Deflated Dinosaurs One of the tell-tale signs of an unforgettable story is one that allows the character to make mistakes. I’ll admit, I do cringe when I read them, thinking “No, you can’t do that! Stop!” But by the end of the story, I’ve realized the mistake made was something that had to be done to ensure the resolution of a much greater picture. It’s part of the journey, right? Well, I think so anyway.       As a writer, I Continue reading →

KWM Reviews: Sir Lyle’s Dig by Sheldon Lefkowitz

  Sir Lyle’s Dig by Sheldon Lefkowitz Genre: Mystery Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 20, 2014) ISBN-10: 1496071956 ISBN-13: 978-1496071958 Reviewed April 1, 2015       In 1950, explorer Sir Lyle Ashford wrote a famous letter to the Times of London in which he boasted of finding “…a bigger cache of treasures in Egypt than existed in King Tut’s tomb.” Two problems; Ashford was known to lie about sites and secondly, after that dispatch, no one ever heard Continue reading →

We Need Diverse Books Now

We’ve all seen the #weneeddiversebooks. At least, I hope you’ve all seen it. The number one reason I believe that this is a critical movement is this: Young people need to see themselves, and people not like themselves, represented in all kinds of media, but especially books, because doing so will facilitate better, more effective communication between people. This one, seemingly simple, but for some reason has been difficult task, would curb racist ideologies and bigoted behavior based on race or ethnicity. The ability to see Continue reading → Continue reading →

Use Bad Reviews To Your Advantage

The Ace up My Writing Sleeve When it comes to writing your first novel, chances are you have done your fair amount of research on the subject. Even if you happen to be Hemingway’s undiscovered prodigy, it never hurts to stockpile your knowledge database.  Before I took on the gigantic task of officially writing my novel, I read books and articles on the process of writing, and soaked up all the information I could on the mechanics of characters, plot, dialogue and world building. All Continue reading →

Loyal Readers Spread Your Words

When a Loyal Reader Becomes Much More by Kathy Bennett From the title of this piece you might be imagining a torrid love affair between an author filled with tragic stories of angst and a fawning bibliophile. That’s not what this article is about. I do want to talk about the relationship between readers and authors, but I promise no one will behave inappropriately. When I published my first book, A Dozen Deadly Roses, I didn’t have a clue if anyone was going to buy Continue reading →

Writing Realities

  Want to become an author? Here are five things no one tells you about being a writer: It’s NOT about you. It’s about the audience. You must deliver what your genre demands. E.g., Romance MUST have a ‘happily ever after’ (learned this the hard way) If you’re sensitive, you’re going to have to toughen up. Some reviews will make you want to ball up into a fetal position, rocking in a dark corner. Not everybody will like your writing or your story. Writing can be Continue reading →

Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

  ***** If you’d like to write an article for KMW, get in touch via the submission page. ***** Author, Suzanna J. Linton tackles the tough question of story ideas — Read on! One of the most common questions a writer receives is, “Where do you get your ideas?” Now, there are four ways to answer this. The smart aleck way: “I get mine at Sam’s Club.” The BS way: “Well, it’s all a part of my process, you see…” Or, the evasive way: “LOOK! Continue reading →

Finding Time To Write

*** If you’d like to write a guest post, go to my submissions page, and get in touch! ***   How I Find the Time to Write – Margery Leveen Sher If you are a writer, you need two things: time and self-discipline. I have neither. But I do have huge ambition, a large ego, and as icing on the cake, a great tendency to be boring.  I use these assets as levers to find the time and force the self-discipline. After a successful career Continue reading →

Villains Your Readers Will Remember

  *** If you’d like to submit a guest post, go to the submission page and send me a message! *** Tears For A Scoundrel by author Max E. Stone    No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.   The phrase is just one of the many instructions that all writers, myself included, use as their credence to speak realistically to their audiences no matter the genre they write.   Personally speaking, I started writing at nine years old as a hobby. At Continue reading →
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