Benefits of being a hybrid author: When to self-publish and when to go the traditional route? Part One: Traditional Publishing

Never keep all your eggs in one basket. The adage has become more of a philosophy I’ve adopted to navigate various aspects of my life, including my publishing career. So, what or who is a hybrid author? A writer who avails herself of all the publishing opportunities available to her, such as traditional, self and paid publishing, in various combinations, is a hybrid author. She is not turned off by the ever-shifting landscape of the […]

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Taking Writing breaks, especially when you don’t want to

Hey PubCrawl readers! Happy Friday! I’m here today to talk about writing breaks and giving your creative soul time to recharge, complete with craft links (at the post’s end)!! I am a big fan of taking breaks. I am also the world’s most stubborn person. I’ve talked about this a bit here before, but 2016 was a really rough year for me. I had been querying for a few years at that point. About a […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Creating Characters – Strengths & Weaknesses

After another unplanned hiatus, JJ and Kelly are back once again! (We’ll never be gone forever, don’t worry.) This week they continue their series on characterization, this time focusing on STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES or personality traits. Show Notes Personality traits are external manifestations of a character’s vulnerability. As we’ve mentioned before, writing a character entails managing multiple different strands at once; it’s hard to focus on just one thread when you need to look at […]

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Writing Quickly Without Sacrificing Quality

Here’s some tough love: There are two types of writers in this world: Those who write, and those who think/talk about the things they’re going to write. Some day. At some point. Believe me, I know of what I speak because I was the latter writer. Oh the short stories I was going to craft, the novels I was going to start, so on and so forth. Buuuuuut…I needed to get the idea straight in […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters

This week Kelly and JJ discuss HOW to write compelling characters. Once again, we talk way too much about Dragon Age and Life is Strange. 😂 Show Notes Previous episodes on characterization Protagonists Villains Ancillary characters What makes a compelling character? Vulnerability. Vulnerability differs from strengths and weaknesses in that vulnerability stems from the character’s subconscious emotional needs. Vulnerability often manifests itself as a driving philosophy or world view that affects all of the characters’ […]

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