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Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 1d ago

What’s “High Concept” & How Can I Create It? — Guest: Jeff Lyons

Last week, Jeff Lyons shared how to make every story idea the best it could be. Today he's delving into the tricky description of high concept. Many agents and editors say they prefer high-c...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 6d ago

Branding 101: Keeping Our Sanity while Building a Brand

We can't do it all, and as Jenny Hansen mentioned recently, that includes limiting our social media platforms. It's so easy in this business to overdo things, and that includes our branding ...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 1W ago

How to Make Every Story Idea the Best It Can Be — Guest: Jeff Lyons

Some stories tell an engaging tale that's entertaining but doesn't necessarily feel deep. Other stories make us feel like we're changed by reading them. Today, Jeff Lyons shares his insights...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 1W ago

Writing Craft: Balancing Rules and Voice

Many aspects of writing are subjective, so we often need to discuss how to find the right balance. One element we need to balance is the rules of writing versus our writing voice. How can we...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 2W ago

3 Steps to Raise Our Story’s Stakes

It's time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi's Writers Helping Writers site, and this time we're exploring 3 steps we can take to raise ou...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 2W ago

Story Structure: What’s the Purpose…for Readers?

Ever wonder how many writing "rules" have a reason beyond "because I said so"? Story structure exists not just because it makes our story stronger, but also because the story beats help comm...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 3W ago

Brain Science: Right Brain vs. Left Brain vs. Creativity

Ever heard of the left-brain versus right-brain dichotomy—our logical, language-focused left brain versus our creative and artistic right brain? What does that mean for authors, with our nee...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 3W ago

Story Immersion: What Pulls You In?

When I first joined Goodreads, their account form asked me: "What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read?" My answer to that question helped me realize that I love becoming immersed in a story, t...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 4W ago

Faking It: Making Our Actions Count

We've probably all heard the phrase: Fake it until you make it. Faking it isn't always easy, but the effort of faking it can push us forward. Over time, we'll often discover we're not faking...
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author · 1M ago

Are There Story Elements You Avoid Writing?

The stories we write are affected by our worldview, but that's not the only thing that might make us avoid writing about certain elements. By looking at the other reasons we might have, we c...