Writerly Articles

How to Instagram as an Author - As of 2019, Instagram is one of the top 10 social media platforms for engagement ranking second, behind only Facebook. Think about it, a platform for engagement that’s better than Twitter? Yep, you read that right! Continue Reading
5 Steps To Your Non-Fiction Story – Karina Monteiro - My first encounter with non-fiction was Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy. I was in college when I read it. The book infused in me some of Michelangelo’s spunk, a keen interest in his sculptures, and inspired me to travel to Florence six years later. I’ve been writing non-fiction for the past five years – specifically, human interest stories for social impact or employee engagement. It’s been a long and arduous journey with its fair share of heartbreak and of course some wisdom. For what it’s worth, here’s what I learned: Start with one idea Brainstorm over an overarching theme or moral for your story. With non-fiction, you often discover information as you progress. More often than not, you find your… Continue Reading
An Interview and A Giveaway – Author DB Carter - A talk with Published Author DB Carter about his love for Writing, Classics, and about his latest book The Wild Roses. Continue Reading
Navigating Fantasy: A Breakdown of Subgenres - One of my favorite things about the fantasy genre is its versatility. Almost any type of story you want to read, you can add a fantastical element and transform it into an entirely new subgenre. If you’re writing a fantasy novel, it can be difficult to distinguish which subgenre the story falls into. This categorization is incredibly important in terms of picking the right literary agent, finding the best audience for your work, and deciding which platforms are the best places to promote your work. Today, I want to break down as many fantasy subgenres as I can and give an indication as to which stories fall into which categories. High/Epic Fantasy: The most prominent of the fantasy subgenres. If… Continue Reading
NaNo Prep as a Plotter - Writing a novel takes preparation; that is obvious, but there are different types of preparation involved. The level of prep work required mainly depends on the category you identify with as a writer. Continue Reading
Turning Social Media Followers into a Reader Fan Base - I’ll preface this article by saying that there are plenty of publishing and marketing gurus out there who have written expert articles on this matter. I am in the pre-published phase of my novel-writing career but I’ve been following the advice of some greats out there and I’m reaping the rewards of a growing author platform. This blog is my personal journey about what I’ve found has worked and not worked for me to turn my followers into fans. What is an Author Platform? Publishing expert, Jane Friedman, describes this as an ability to sell books because of who you are or who you can reach in her blog: A Definition of Author Platform. Also check out this YouTube video:… Continue Reading
Tips To Revive Your Blog - I recognized the problem – a dormant or barely active blog. What was the solution? Simple, revive the blog Continue Reading
Authors – Why We Love To Hate Them! - Wallace Stevens once said, ‘As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.’ A  few weeks back I shared a post where I asked if we as readers were being too critical of the successful authors whom everyone loves to hate! Continuing on that subject, I wrote this article as a part of my weekly feature in the Bloggers World Forum under "Authors Who Made History" category where we celebrate the life story of any one author who left an impact in the literary world. However, this week I decided to stir things up a little and talk about the authors, yes, I said authors (plural) who left an impact on the literary world for the wrong reasons! The impact they… Continue Reading
I write because…. - Writers Write for a variety of reasons. Here is my reason! I Write because...! Continue Reading