Write Fab Back Story: Not BS!


Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:
By Margie Lawson A huge THANK YOU to the amazing Laura Drake for inviting me to be her guest today! Don’t put BS on your pages! Write back story that is fresh and compelling. Readers need some back story. They need to know a few critical points…

Why All Writers Should Attend a Writing Conference


Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Image via Bill_Owen Flickr Creative Commons Writing conferences are extraordinarily valuable. We work in a creative field and sure, we can sit at a keyboard and write a book. But, without training and guidance, we can make our path to successful publishing far longer than it might have…

Random First Sentences


Originally posted on Patience Bloom:
Call me superficial but I will bring books home based solely on the first sentence. It’s true, the story could get better after an opening as mundane as, She didn’t like the gluten-free pasta, but I like to be wowed right away. Okay, that’s not totally true. I am a…

Check it Out


Check it Out. My new website is up and ‘mostly <g>’ operational. Come over and as the title says, check it out. 🙂 jacquiebiggar.com

Island dreaming


Today was one of those beautiful days in the middle of winter that trick you into believing spring is right around the corner. Only now, in our new world, it’s not a trick. My family has lived in the same small town for the past one hundred years. I thought that is where I would…

Kay: Going Deep with POV


Originally posted on Eight Ladies Writing:
Just recently my critique partners returned a couple of chapters I’d submitted of my latest WIP with “POV?” marked prominently throughout. [Deep and profound sigh] We all know what point of view is—that’s the angle or the character who’s telling about or seeing the scene. Usually I like to flatter…

Fiction or non-fiction?


I’ve noticed on the movie circuit that there is a strong surge in movies based on real life events. The truly amazing Tom Hanks has always leaned towards these in his career and is a master at picking winners. In 2013 he starred in two such films. In Captain Phillips he is a captain of…

8 Tips to Make Sure Everyone on Twitter Hates Us


Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Image via QuickMeme As a social media expert, I run into all kinds of strange behavior and tips that make me scratch my head. Social media is social, meaning it’s supposed to be an extension of how we might interact with other human beings in person. Today’s post…

My love of books


I recently read a very disturbing statistic. It claims that in 2013 only  five adults in the U.S. read a book. How can this be? I grew up reading. It took me to faraway, wonderful lands on great adventures. And later it gave me a template for what I value in a relationship—yes I did…

Author Beware—What to Look for in an Indie Publisher


Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Original image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of geishaboy On Wednesday, we talked about all the types of publishing paths and how the new paradigm is becoming increasingly flexible and author-friendly. There is no “right path” only a path that is right for you, which we will talk…

Justine: Procrastination, Thy Name is Revision


Originally posted on Eight Ladies Writing:
If you’ve been following Eight Ladies recently, you’ll know I’m finally finished my first draft…it’s time to revise and polish. This is the first time I’ve done revision. On my first book. Translation: I’ve never done this before. (Embarrassing admission: I’m afraid of the magnitude of changes I have…

Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter


Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?” While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us…

Three Tips for Finding the Perfect Publishing Path


Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Publishing can feel a little like THIS… We writers live in interesting times. The same digital tsunami that toppled Tower Records and collapsed Kodak has now consumed the world of publishing. The world we knew five years ago is gone. Traditional is reinventing, indie publishers are growing and…