How Their Wisdom Can Ignite Your Creative Flame.
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” - Neil Gaiman
Setting Up Scenes, Buildup and Payoff.
“Drama is the way of holding the reader's attention. The basic formula for drama is setup, buildup, payoff - just like a joke. The setup tells us what the game is. The buildup is where you put in all the moves, the forward motion, where you get all the meat off the turkey. The payoff answers the question, Why are we here anyway? What is it that you've been trying to give?” - Anne Lamott
Introducing the World of Your Short Story.
“Worldbuilding touches all aspects of your story. It touches plot and character as well. If you don't know the culture your character comes from, how can you know what he's really like? You must know your characters on a much deeper level than you would if you just shrugged your way into a cookie cutter fantasy world.” - Patrick Rothfuss
The Essential Elements of Character Building
“What does your character want, what is his dream, what shape has it, and how expressed? Given expression, this is the dynamo of his life, and your life, then, as Creator.” - Ray Bradbury
Finding Your Voice and Writing Viewpoint. Part 6 in How to Write a Short Story.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut… If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” —Stephen King
Part 4 in How to Write a Short Story: Coming up With Story Ideas and Actually Start Writing.
“Like every beginner, I thought you could beat, pummel, and trash an idea into existence. Under such treatment, of course, any decent idea folds up its paws, turns on its back, fixes his eyes on eternity, and dies.” - Ray Bradbury
Continue Doing What Works, Ditch What Doesn’t Work.
Try things out when it comes to writing. Both creatively and in terms of marketing. Then measure what works. Ditch the things that don’t bring you forward and develop a workflow for growth.Read More
7 Tips to Publish in as Many Places as Humanly Possible
“Publish your writing in as many places as humanly possible and do as many different types of writing as well. A stand up comic doesn’t build an audience performing at home-they go anywhere there is a mic. Same with writers.” - Ryan HolidayRead More
12 Steps to Hustle and Publish Your Own (e)Books
Make no mistake, publishing your own book is a lot of work. It requires a lot of skills, mistakes, and adjustments. And most of all: time.
But when you see your book in the Amazon store, or hold your own paperback in your hands, you know it’s all worth it.Read More
Part 8: 7 Ways to Attract Readers and Market Your Work
Here’s what helped me to attract now 10,000+ readers per month. From asking people to help me out in my own network, to sending out emails to influencers to social media and Medium.Read More
Part 7: Navigating Your Way Through Publishing Your Work
What do you want to achieve with your writing? Do you want to become known as an expert (on Medium) about a specific topic? Do you want to publish a book?Read More