World Building by Janet Lane Walters

World building is something every writer in every genre needs to pay attentio1n to. Sometimes it’s to build a town similar to the one we live in, or it could be a fantasy world where magic rules and dragons fly. Read an informative article by Jane Lane Walters of tips and traps on world building. Be sure to read all the way through. The ending is one every writer can relate to. And then go back to read parts 1 and 2. Or pick up one of Janet’s books.

~till next time, Helen

Books We Love Insider Blog: World Building For All Genres Part 3 Janet Lane Wa…: The next area of World building to consider is Characters. There are a number of areas where people help weave the world web. …


Help Your Friendly Neighborhood Author

Recently I read a message where a reader asked how they could help their favorite author.  Educate readers was brought up in the discussion. But other than educate them how to leave a review with a note at the back  of a book, there wasn’t too many other ideas on what help an author should request.

Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes seven ways a reader or fan can help us, their neighbor. Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. If you like a book, she gives some quick ways you can help spread the news (and help out your friendly neighborhood writer).

Read the rest of the article here.

~till next time, Helen

Secrets Readers Don’t Know About Authors by Terri Herman-Ponce

As a prelude to my upcoming post on how readers can help writers, here’s some secrets from Terri Herman-Ponce revealing what readers don’t know about authors. My favorites are 3 (white wine), 6, 11, and 14.

Written with humor as well as truth, here’s the article:

A lot goes on behind the scenes in getting a book published. Stuff that readers don’t know and probably don’t need to know. Because, let’s face it, all a reader cares about is a story that takes them out of the real world and into another that, when well done, leaves them wanting more even after they’ve reached The End.

But, because I like to have fun, I figured I’d share some secrets readers may not know about authors. It’s a way of poking fun at an author’s reality (at least mine!). So let’s peel back Oz’s curtain, shall we? …

Click here to go to the rest of the article and the list of secrets readers don’t know about authors.

~Till next time, Helen

Musings on the Forest Primeval

I love to hike in woods. And I’m not the only one to whom ancient stands of trees call to a special point in their soul.

On of my favorite places to sit and write is pictured. You can sit in the shade of the trees and watch the clouds drift over the lake. Between the hands of man and nature, the trees are not old, but even in a newer growth forest there is still a sense of serenity. However, travel a short distance and the scene steps back in time. You go from woods to a true forest, Climb high enough even go above the tree line to the world of scrubs and blueberry bushes.

If forests call to you or provide an intriguing setting, romance and fantasy author Mary Gillgannon’s tale of searching for the forest primeval is worth a look, if only for the pictures. I particularly like the description of the bluebells.

Read the rest of the article at Muse…ings: The Forest Primeval. And be sure to check out her other travels and the books they’ve been featured in.

~till next time, Helen

Two Sides of the Coin

As I was reviewing previous blog posts for possible deletion, Having a Voice caught my attention as I’ve been (pick an emotion: enjoying / suffering / celebrating) two releases this summer. I’ve been listening to hear what the readers have to say. Although a book is the writer’s voice, the readers have a voice in what they want, what they enjoy reading… and most importantly what they will pay for.

While the cash register is one way a reader may speak to us, stars and a few words of a review are also important. But they can be impersonal. We are humann beings and can need a closer tie. A brief personal exchange can turn the sky blue and encourage an author to continue on.

Read the full article here for my own memory of a brief personal exchange that turned a blue mood into blue skies.

~till next time, Helen

What Makes A Good Cover?

Covers have been on my mind a lot recently. And I mean a lot. The final two books of the Dragshi Chronicles recently underwent their final production and along with it a review of all material, including the cover design notes.

Did the overall design of each book in the series blend? Check.
Does the cover reflect the storyline? Check. 

And a full-moon surprise. My first series, The Windmaster Novels, is going to be re-released. Of course, with a new publisher comes a new cover, and its accompanying model search, and element review. A reveal of the cover and its design points is coming.

Now to the inspiration of this post. An article by E. Ayers made me take a critical look at the covers. Before you think about your next cover, read the excellent perpective by Ayers on “What Makes A Good Cover.”

The link is

~till next time, Helen

4 Major Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Blog Posts

4 Major Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Blog Posts

By Karen Cioffi

Writing is a craft, a craft that needs to be learned. With that being said, there are many successful bloggers who had no writing training.

You might consider writing as being doubled sided. There are research papers, resumes, articles for medical and scientific use, business and health content, and even short stories, children’s books, and novels.

To write for these genres, you need to learn the craft of writing. Depending on the genre you write, you need to know how to write dialogue, how to reference quotes in a nonfiction article, and how to write POV (point of view). You should know the difference between a comma and a semi-colon, and how to use each. You get the idea.

On the flip side, there is web writing: blog posts and writing copy. In these niches there aren’t many rules, aside from grabbing the reader and making your content engaging and shareable.

While there aren’t many rules for blogging, there are four mistakes you should avoid:

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