Moving to JYJ Writes

This site is now moving over to a self-hosted website: JYJ Writes. I will continue to post more articles on writing and publishing (especially self-publishing) at that location. I apologize for the inconvenience of the move, but I decided it was worthwhile to have a self-hosted site, and as I am in the process of … More Moving to JYJ Writes

So You Wanna Be a Writer… (10 Tips for the Aspiring Author)

So…you wanna be a writer. And no, I don’t mean just any type of writer. Like a real storyteller. One of those people who burns the midnight oil slaving over a series of novels, dreaming of having them optioned for television or the movies, but really just needing to get the ideas swirling around in … More So You Wanna Be a Writer… (10 Tips for the Aspiring Author)

Update: Next Post Will Be Sept 20th (and Other News)

I know I’ve been a little inconsistent about post on this site lately, and that has been, in large part, due to my trying to figure out what I wanted to do moving forward with this blog. I’ve been outlining content and considering other content marketing possibilities, and now I’ll be moving forward with some … More Update: Next Post Will Be Sept 20th (and Other News)

The Writing Rituals Tag [from Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance]

Last weekend author vloggers Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance put together a writing tag about writing rituals, and I thought tackling that this week would be a fun diversion from the sorts of posts I usually do. Anyway, let’s dive in… When do you write? (time of day, day of week) I write during the … More The Writing Rituals Tag [from Mandi Lynn and Kim Chance]

5 Takeaways from Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K Writing Guide

I’ve listened to a couple of podcast interviews with Rachel Aaron, and so I’d heard about her book 2k to 10k on how to increase your writing speed. Efficiency is something that’s always important, and I figured if this book could help it was worth a look. Of note, this book isn’t just about increasing … More 5 Takeaways from Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K Writing Guide

5 Tips for Writing a Great Opening Line (for a Novel or Short Story)

There is a lot of weight on opening lines, perhaps more so than on any other single line in your story. And in some ways there is good reason for this. The opening line is the reader’s first impression of your story. If they don’t like it or don’t find it intriguing or engaging, they’re … More 5 Tips for Writing a Great Opening Line (for a Novel or Short Story)

Update

Hello all, and belated Happy July 4th! I just wanted to write a quick update post and say that I will be moving my regular posting day to Sunday for the moment. I’m going to have more things happening during the week, and it will be easier for me to do the blogging I want … More Update

5 Reasons the CW’s Supergirl Should Have Been Written as a Teenager

Before we get into this, I just wanted to say that I do really enjoy the CW’s Supergirl. It became one of my favorite superhero shows this past year, adopting a great hopeful tone (that the new movie Superman lacks) and expanding the roles of its supporting cast to make the series more fun. I … More 5 Reasons the CW’s Supergirl Should Have Been Written as a Teenager