Tag: improve your writing

How to Write While Working Full-Time

Posted January 24, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How to Write While Working Full-Time

Trying to squeeze writing into your day when you work full-time is tough. I know because it’s my constant battle. But here are a few easy steps you can take to win the epic fight. (Or you know, just write.) 1. Get intimate with your schedule Learn it. Get a feel for it. When you understand […]

A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]

The Case for Reviewing Books as an Author

Posted July 30, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
The Case for Reviewing Books as an Author

Like many authors before me, my publishing journey began as a reader. Although my mother claims she once had to force me to read, I (thankfully) have none of those horrifying memories. In 2011, I took my love of books to the next level by starting a book blog, On a Book Bender, where I […]

6 Signs of Weak Fiction Writing

Posted July 23, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
6 Signs of Weak Fiction Writing

Nothing is more humbling than reading your earliest works and realizing how cringe-worthy they are. On the upside, they provide you with proof your writing has come a long way since the beginning. Take it where you can get it, I say. Here are some examples of weak fiction writing. Don’t panic if you find […]