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Beholden to Reader Engagement Metrics

Beholden to Reader Engagement Metrics

If authors choose the wrong metrics to gauge their success, they’ll often times fail. Here is why reader engagement is critical over reader conversion.

World in the Balance Epic Playlist

World in the Balance Epic Playlist

All Human Life Hangs in the Balance! Playlist by DMB When you really need inspiration to get your stuff done…or else. This is not the playlist you turn to when you need to relax and unwind. This writing inspiration soundtrack is for those plot-critical moments when everything hangs in the balance. Your hero couldn’t possibly…

The Story Solution: Characters

The Story Solution: Characters

Characters are the driving force behind story. We judge them on how they change and by how they interact with others.

Inner Dialogue

Inner Dialogue

Inner Dialogue One of the biggest things that makes books stand out from movies is inner dialogue. I love movies, but books give you a closer relationship with the main character by putting you in their head. Instead of watching the protagonist on the screen, you get to experience their story through their eyes, feel…

Undaunted Bookshop, Dawson’s Streak

Undaunted Bookshop, Dawson’s Streak

Hey, gang! It’s the first week in October…and it’s…October! Here in Idaho, Halloween decorations are already in full bloom. Just think, for a few weeks you, er, I mean your kids, won’t look strange for insisting on wearing princess outfits to the grocery store. So let’s dig into the happenings in the writer-sphere! B &…

Information Dealers, Chaos Reapers

Information Dealers, Chaos Reapers

In my previous post, I dug into the identity and objectives of the Information Brokers. Now it’s time to drill down on the “Dealers.” Just who are these mysterious individuals who do such a craptastic job of delivering all the muck that’s fit to rake? And how are these people affecting the publishing high seas?…

Dance, Dub, Glitch Playlist

Dance, Dub, Glitch Playlist

When You Gotta Move! Playlist by DMB I dare you to not get your groove on. I double-dog dare you… First off, who wouldn’t love an artist by the name of Fat Rat? Second off, who can keep up with all of these music sub-genres? I thought I was cool because I knew what dubstep…

The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

Ideal Reader A story with a single, driving purpose. A central theme. A reason for the narrative to be told, rather than the noisy, aimless hodgepodge that too many of us are content to experience and label the modern condition.   It all starts with your ideal reader. We should explain. In Stephen King’s book On…

Grammar Rules: How to Break Them

Grammar Rules: How to Break Them

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.” -Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight (2008) As usual, Sir Michael Caine is right! In the case of that quote, he happens to be referring to the comic book villain the Joker, who desires to watch Gotham City burn itself to the ground just for the fun of…

1 Broke Girl, Library Confusion

1 Broke Girl, Library Confusion

Hey gang! and welcome to the scuttlebutt for the fourth week in September. Is it too early for pumpkin spice? Yeah, you know it is. As always there’s been some nutty goings-ons around the writer-sphere. So without further ado, here you go! 1 Broke Girl Over on Forge, Heather Demetrios shared a post called, How…