Badass Book Cover Designs

I have known about GoOnWrite book covers for a long time, but couldn’t recollect the name until I searched (hard) for it this morning. These covers are sooo good! I want them. In fact I love them so much, I don’t want to tell anyone about the site! I want it to be my secret. I know that’s really bad …

Book 3: Pool Staker Progress

Progress on Book 3 looks like this…

I’m grafting away. Actually, I shouldn’t be writing this, but hey. Distractions! I’m not put off by my 3k a chapter targets, because this is just draft 1. I’ll be whizzing through it again as soon as I’ve finished and sprinkling description, better dialogue, and all manner of authorial talents which I’ll probably regret later. I really feel like I’m …

Blatant Self Promotion

CredibleInk is on instagram! Yes. Blatant, unashamed, self promotion alert. Go here: instagram.com/credibleinkmark and follow me! Why should you follow? Because you’ll get to find out more about me, my writing woes, and you’ll see how to do Instagram for writers! Here’s my top tips for Writers using Instagram (scroll down if you want to see my strategy!):   Tip 1: Find …

8 big problems all novelist’s face and how to overcome them

Writing a novel is hard. Tapping keys is the easy part, the struggle comes from all the battles with fear, uncertainty, and doubt, over a number of aspects of story telling. I’ve pulled together a list issues I (and other writers) constantly run into. I would argue if you haven’t written a fiction story before and want to, you’ll need …

My Massive Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Mistakes I Make When Writing Fast First Drafts

The point I want to make is usually at the end of the sentence because I’m thinking things up as I go. This means a lot of rewriting because the sentence is clunky. I know I shouldn’t leave it like that but I often do. Echoing headwords. Too many sentences start with character names: Ethan…, El Gato…, Dixel… etc. I …

Using Scrivener to create your Author pen name

Not sure if anyone has done this before, but I’ve discovered the Scrivener name generator is brilliant for coming up with Author pen names. Select either gender, Forename initials only, and choose 2 initials from the dropdown. Punch the Generate Names button and skim through the results. Perfect! Mark

Jumping into Quora

Best Quora Answers for Writers

Quora is a writers paradise. Why? Because all the responses to weird and wonderful questions are supplied by people that have the answers. What’s more, the crowd vote up the best ones by the most credible sources. For that reason, you can be sure of a great research experience. For new writers looking to find out about a specific topic …

6 solid examples of Show, Don’t Tell

I recently put together a list of examples for a Show, Don’t Tell topic for my writing group, and thought I’d share them here for my own reference and other people to enjoy: We all know what it is: Telling the reader something, when you could show it instead. I’ve heard this advice a zillion times, but it’s taken a …